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Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee

The Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee is a fun place to learn and play. Founded in 1990 by three Falmouth women who saw a need for a place where children could come to learn, the museum has since provided programs, classes, and exhibits that nurture child development. The museum houses over 20 exhibits that educate children about diverse subjects, from how the post office works, to gravity and submarines. The latest addition to the museum is an interactive TV studio. Children have an opportunity to learn about media and “broadcast” the news in front of a green screen of Cape Cod landmarks. Classes and programs, from music, to science, to yoga, are offered throughout the year. For more information, visit capecodchildrensmuseum.org.

Highfield Hall & gardens

A former 19th-century estate for a wealthy Falmouth family, Highfield Hall & Gardens was transformed into a museum and historic site in 2006, becoming a place where culture and community meet, hosting programs, classes, art exhibits, concerts and more. This summer, from June 28-August 31, explore and keep an eye out for fairy homes dotting the premises, constructed by local artists. On June 28, join Highfield in its open house and reception for the fairy homes. A number of art exhibits take place inside the hall as well, including a cut paper exhibit, glass works by artisan Bryan Randa, and “Paper Nests: Huguette May Drawings and Photographs.” For more information, visit highfieldhallandgardens.org.

Sandwich Glass Museum

The Sandwich Glass Museum showcases this Cape town’s history, focusing on the region’s highly regarded glass industry. Displaying rare examples of Sandwich glass, offering lectures and educational programs, and encouraging future glassmakers, the museum has been sparking excitement about glassmaking since 1907. Glassblowing demonstrations occur hourly, with opportunities to assist and talk with the glassblower. A special exhibit “Cutting Edge—A New Perspective on Glass” opens July 1 with sculptures that showcase the different ways glass can be transformed when combined with other materials. For more information, visit sandwichglassmuseum.org.

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee

The Cahoon Museum of American Art is in the process of a major renovation. Extensive remodeling to the museum’s 1775 Georgian Colonial home  is currently underway. The museum is housed in a temporary location in Mashpee Commons North, showcasing permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum hosts its 25th “Great Brush Off” on July 11, taking place on the Cotuit Village Green. The event includes a live auction of local works of art. Also, enjoy a silent auction, music, and food. Leading up to the “Great Brush Off,” the museum displays an exhibit of painters who began their careers at this event and have gone on to become established artists. For more information, visit cahoonmuseum.org.

Cape Cod Museum of Art

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, located in Dennis on the grounds of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, serves as a hub for art and culture on the Cape. The museum consists of seven galleries, a sculpture garden, and spaces used for classes and lectures, along with a screening room. The museum also has a reference library, filled with various art resources. Upcoming exhibits for the 2015 summer season include “Plein Air Painters of America: Looking East” and “Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Abstraction,” featuring selected artists from Deborah Foreman’s latest book. The museum will host its annual art auction on Saturday, August 15. Regional artists’ works are up for auction, including paintings, sculpture, glass, and more. For more information, visit ccmoa.org.



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