Museums in Yarmouth

Cape Cod Maritime Museum Visit for Two, Four, Six, or 10 (Up to 54% Off)

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Barnstable Town

$10 $5

Museum honors seafaring history with colonial-era artifacts, historical exhibits, and a 28-foot boat for kids to climb on

$12 to Visit Heritage Museums & Gardens ($18 Value)

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Sandwich

$18 $12

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One hundred acres of surprises, including beautiful gardens, a working 1908 carousel, vintage cars and a children's outdoor discovery area

Admission for Two or Four to Cape Cod Children's Museum (38% Off)

Cape Cod Children's Museum

Mashpee

$16 $10

More than 20 interactive exhibits include a tree house, music room, and pirate ship

General Admission for 2, 4, 6, or 10 to The New Bedford Museum of Glass (Up to 60% Off)

The New Bedford Museum of Glass

New Bedford

$10 $5

Permanent collections and rotating exhibits showcase around 7,000 pieces of glass art spanning more than 3,000 years of worldwide history

$37 for One-Year Membership for Two Children to Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum ($75 Value)

Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Cohasset

$75 $37

Kids ages 1 to 6 explore educationally-themed playsets and touchable exhibits

Fuller Craft Museum Visit for Two, Guided Tour for Four, or Annual Membership for One (Up to 50% Off)

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

$16 $10

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Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

Museum Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four at The Jenney Museum (Up to 53% Off)

The Jenney Museum

Plymouth

$36 $18

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Local historian and guide leads walking tour that includes views of Plymouth Rock and the historical town square

Admission for Two or Four to the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport (Up to Half Off)

National Museum of American Illustration

Newport

$36 $18

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Housed in a French chateau–style mansion, the museum showcases the work of 145 American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell

John Brown House Museum Visit for Two or Four from Rhode Island Historical Society (Up to 50% Off)

Rhode Island Historical Society

John Brown House Museum

$20 $11

Museum examines early US social and cultural history in the 18th-century home of John Brown, an important figure in early America

Admission or Membership to The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum (70% Off)

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Work and Culture (Up to 48% Off)

Museum of Work and Culture

Woonsocket

$16 $10

Nine walk-through exhibits share the stories of the immigrants who traveled to Rhode Island in the late 19th century in search of prosperity

Four Full-Day Admissions or Annual Membership for Two at Griffin Photography Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

Select Local Merchants

In November of 1620, a modest sailing ship touched the shores of what would become Provincetown, bearing a group of Pilgrims who would create and sign the Mayflower Compact. Both the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum were built to commemorate that historic event and preserve Provincetown history for future generations.

  • Eye Catcher: The Pilgrim Monument was dedicated in 1910 to the Mayflower Pilgrims. Standing 252 feet tall, it's the tallest US structure made of granite. Visitors can venture up the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top, a full 350 feet above sea level.

  • Permanent Mainstay: Many of the exhibits celebrate the area's maritime history, such as the recreation of a 19th-century sea captain's quarters at sea. Others celebrate the area's culture, including the Art Colony, American Theatre, Admiral MacMillan?s voyages, and much more

  • Don't Miss: FORGOTTEN PORT: Provincetown?s Whaling Heritage, a special exhibit through November 30

  • Past Exhibits: The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars told the tale of how Eugene O'Neill's early life in Provincetown impacted his creative voice.

  • Special Programs: In the summertime, the museum sponsors weekly historical walking tours of the surrounding area. At the end of November, in a century-old tradition, they light up the during a lighting ceremony that celebrates the Pilgrims' 1620 landing.

1 High Pole Hill Rd.
Provincetown,
MA
US

Before the invention of modern nautical technology, sudden storms, dense fog, and strong currents provided a challenge for even the most seasoned sailors. These treacherous conditions proved insurmountable for many navigating the waters surrounding Nantucket, dashing vessels against the shoals and sinking more than 700 ships over the centuries. So many wrecks began to fill the floor of the waters around Nantucket Island that the area was referred to as "a graveyard of the Atlantic."

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum honors the bravery of the local islanders?often members of organizations such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service, and the United States Coast Guard?who placed their own lives in danger by attempting to rescue the crews stranded aboard sinking ships. The museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 5,000 pieces, gives guests an opportunity to learn more about these individuals' heroic efforts.

In addition to vintage photographs and exhibits recounting famous shipwrecks and the ensuing rescue attempts, the museum also features period artifacts that helped save lives. Additionally, the museum is a great place to take a bike ride or picnic on the beautiful grounds with views of the water.

158 Polpis Rd
Nantucket,
MA
US

The history of Cape Cod and early America in general stands proud against the botanical backdrop of a 100-acre estate at Heritage Museums & Gardens. It first became a homestead in 1677, eventually being developed as a farm (where those rhododendrons were first bred) and then, in 1969, opened to the public.

  • Size: three gallery spaces and 65 acres of gardens and walking trails lined with about 3,500 species of plants, some of them rare
  • Eye Catcher: Thousands of rhododendrons bloom throughout the garden every summer, and other plants continue to thrive across the grounds all year long.
  • Permanent Mainstay: the American Art & Carousel Gallery's hand-carved carousel, completed by Charles Looff in 1908; unlimited rides are included with admission
  • Special Exhibits Gallery: Exhibits may include a replica of the Revolutionary War?era Temple of Virtue where George Washington bestowed the first Purple Heart to a wounded soldier in Windsor, NY.
  • Don't Miss: The Automobile Gallery's 1909 White Steam Car Model M, which belonged to President William Howard Taft?making it the first official automobile of a United States President.
  • Hands-On Activity: the Hidden Hollow, a two-acre area where children and their families learn to appreciate nature as they engage in creative play, venture down a discovery trail, and explore a 40-foot-tall treehouse
  • Secrets of the Gardens: a windmill built in Orleans, MA, in 1800; a labyrinth and a family maze garden; the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden
  • Dexter rhododendron: this showy flower first blooms in the spring, see what is in bloom at the garden here.
67 Grove St.
Sandwich,
MA
US

With more than 20 interactive exhibits designed to stimulate the imagination, Cape Cod Children's Museum blurs the line between education and sheer entertainment. Little ones can siege the castle, cook up pretend pancakes at the Starfish Galley diner, climb the life-size tree house, or spend hours patiently standing in line at the mini post office. The music room's piano and drums add fuel to the creative fire, while a reading wagon offers respite in the form of a story-time break. The museum also hosts birthday parties, during which groups of kids can explore the many exhibits at will.

577 Great Neck Rd S
Mashpee,
MA
US

It would take months of sea travel, extensive scuba certifications, and fluency in several crustacean dialects to find—let alone interact with—all the creatures found in Ocean Explorium's interactive exhibits. The science center emphasizes environmental stewardship and scientific literacy through several educational habitats such as touch tanks of local aquatic wildlife—including New Bedford's world-famous scallops and schools of rays and sharks. The Living Laboratory exhibit brings visitors face to face with sea creatures such as baby sharks, shark egg cases, coral farm, and moon jellies. Beyond the up-close encounters with denizens of the deep, Ocean Explorium also enlightens patrons with a variety of non-living displays. The Explorer's Zone presents scientific experiments that reveal the workings of the natural world through hands-on exhibits themed around different weekly topics, and Discovery Bay enthralls children aged eight or younger with games, puzzles, and a sand and water table. Advanced computers construct a three-dimensional image of our home planet as it appears from outer space in the Science on a Sphere exhibit, displaying global weather patterns in real time or replaying natural phenomena from history, such as the time it rained men.

174 Union St
New Bedford,
MA
US

For the past 15 years, The New Bedford Art Museum has dressed up downtown New Bedford with a seasonally changing collection of visual stimuli from local, national, and international artists—all presented within a former bank that still contains two vintage vaults. Pamela Calore's Time Has Left Its Mark explores the haunting remnants of abandoned local factories and the Rhode Island System that governed the lives of its workers. New Bedford Through the Lens, meanwhile, charts the city's changes over time through photographs or a feature film, depending on how fast attendees sprint past the photographs. The New Bedford Art Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday.

608 Pleasant St
New Bedford,
MA
US