History on Cape Cod
We've brought together 3 fantastic museums on the Cape.
While Cape Cod may primarily be a beach destination, the area is rich with history, dating back to 1620 when the Mayflower Pilgrims first came to America. We’ve brought together the top 3 museums on Cape Cod that deliver an authentic historical experience when you need a break from having fun in the sun.
You can’t get much more authentic than visiting the actual Plimoth Plantation Museum, the site of the historic Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the boat that landed there in 1620. They have a host of actors waiting to bring history to life aboard the Mayflower II and in the English Village, or you can visit the Craft Center to watch artisans re-create colonial wares.
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum offers a look at the unique whaling history of Provincetown as well as offer a spectacular view of all Cape Cod. The main focus of the museum is their whaling exhibition, Forgotten Port, but they also have other highlights such as a re-creation of a sea-captain’s quarters and the town’s first fire engine. The Heritage Museum and Gardens in the Village of Sandwich is another great spot if you’re looking for a more modern take on American history. They have outdoor sculptures, a vintage automobile gallery, and even a functioning antique carousel that will delight all who ride it.
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