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Exploring Museums

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Cape Cod Maritime Museum The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a gem hidden along the waterfront of Hyannis. Featuring exhibits on boatbuilding, the maritime industry, and maritime fine arts, as well as housing a variety of masterpieces in its Boat Shed, the museum serves as a place to educate visitors about the rich nautical history of the Cape and Islands. The museum owns the largest collection of scrimshaw on Cape Cod. In addition to a number of exhibits, the museum also houses the Cook Boat Shop, a functional boat shop, where visitors can watch boat makers in action. There are opportunities to learn boat making firsthand through internships, classes, educational programs, and apprenticeships, for both children and adults. For more information, visit capecodmaritimemuseum.org.

Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

The Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen in Sandwich brings all ages together to learn about one of Cape Cod’s most beloved authors, Thornton Burgess. Burgess was born and raised in Sandwich and became renowned for his children’s literature. The Jam Kitchen, a fully operational kitchen, offers workshops in jam-making year-round. The center runs a number of educational programs, focusing on natural sciences, through the months of July and August, for ages 4 through 12. There are a number of exhibits in the Green Briar center that focus on Thornton Burgess. The center also houses an art gallery, which showcases ever-changing exhibits featuring paintings, illustrations, photography, and more. For more information, visit thorntonburgess.org.

Edward Gorey House

The Edward Gorey House is a whimsical museum located on Strawberry Lane in Yarmouthport. The museum preserves the life of Edward Gorey, an eccentric author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer who lived in the house until his death in 2000. The Gorey House has been in operation for 13 years and gives visitors an opportunity to see the works and life of the artist. This year’s exhibit, “From Aesop to Updike: Edward Gorey’s Book Cover Art & Design” focuses on illustrative work Gorey created for a variety of authors over a span of 50 years. The museum also offers a spooky scavenger hunt and tours of the home. For more information, visit edwardgoreyhouse.org.

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich is a beautiful place to spend a day. Featuring three galleries and extensive gardens, the museum offers visitors a chance to enjoy both art and nature. Thousands of Rhododendron bloom on the grounds in late spring, and a vast variety of other flower and plant life make the museum a true oasis. Heritage is known for its vintage carousel as well as its Automobile Gallery. This summer the Special Exhibitions Gallery displays the works of the Wyeth family, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth, in “The Wyeths: America Reflected” from June 6 to September 27. Heritage also hosts the Hydrangeas 2015 Conference from July 14-16. For more information, visit heritagemuseumsandgardens.org.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)

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A pillar of the Cape Cod community for over a century, Provincetown Art Association and Museum has long been showcasing the work of local artists. PAAM hosts exhibitions, workshops, and lectures that educate the community in all aspects of art. This summer, PAAM has a number of events and exhibitions for the novice and long-time art enthusiast. PAAM’s 12 x12 members’ exhibition and silent auction will be on display through July 11. From June 26-August 30, the museum will present a retrospective exhibition celebrating the work of Provincetown artist Paul Resika. In addition to art exhibits, PAAM offers lectures, film screenings, music events, and more. For more information, visit paam.org.