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Arts & Museums
In 1627, a trading post was built here to encourage commerce among Native Americans, Dutch colonists and the Pilgrims of Plymouth. It is believed that this was the first commercial establishment in the New World. In the 1920s the area was excavated and the original foundation was discovered, along with a rune, stone experts believe came from the Viking era (around 1000 CE). Also on the grounds are a windmill, herb and wildflower gardens, and a trail along the canal.
Sandwich native Thornton Burgess created such characters as Peter Rabbit (the American version), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, and Bobby Raccoon. This museum dedicated to his work is an excellent place to bring in children during any time of the year. During the summer, the museum offers a regular schedule of story times. The many special events include Peter Rabbit Animal Day in August, and a Victorian Christmas in December. Burgess was a naturalist as well as a story teller, and the Thornton W. Burgess Society operates the Green Briar Nature Center three miles away in East Sandwich.
The Sandwich Glass Museum makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary. This museums houses a collection of unique glass ware and exhibits depicting the development of this art and industry. For more information on tours as well the museum itself, call ahead or visit their website.
The McDermott Glass Studio gives a look at the fine contemporary glass work done by David McDermott, Yukimi Matsumoto and Bryan Randa. They have created pieces for well known people like Pope John Paul II, Empress of Japan, Henry Kissinger and many more. Their pieces are displayed at Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Corning Museum of Glass which shows their natural talent in art. The gallery has a number of items like vases, bowls, stemware and solid ware. The experience of the Mcdermott Glass Studio Jam is not to be missed where world class glass artist come together to display their work.
Located in the Upper Cape area of North Falmouth, this studio features the fine art oil paintings of Julia O'Malley-Keyes, internationally renowned and recognized as one of contemporary art's most collected painters. Visitors can commission your own paintings here simply by indicating a favorite view or spot you'd like immortalized. The artist also does hand-painted furniture and other accessories. O'Malley-Keyes' works hang in various galleries throughout the world. All viewings are by appointment only. Call between 8am-6pm daily.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.
Ensconced in a tranquil quarter of Falmouth are two Victorian houses that comprise the Falmouth Museums On The Green. These 18th century edifice houses an impressive collection of colonial artifacts, exhibits, furniture, fine artworks, textiles and a number of other collections that take you to a different age. There's a rustic barn, a colonial garden, a herb garden and a Memorial park in the museum's premises that recreate a Victorian setting for its visitors. Apart from the regular exhibits, the museum also conducts walking tours and serves as an event space for concerts, parades and open houses. Check website to know more.
This living museum recreates Plymouth as it was in 1627, and does a great job at separating fact from the enduring (and completely inaccurate) legend of the First Thanksgiving. Historians and curators have paid great attention to detail, from the street plans to furniture, tools, and cooking equipment. Specially bred 17th-century livestock occupies the barns and pastures, and trained reenactors and artisans demonstrate how life was lived among the Pilgrims. In addition to information on the European colonists, visitors can find information on the Native American population at Hobbamock's Homesite. Hobbamock, a Wampanoag Indian, lived with his family in Plymouth from 1621-1641, as part of a peace treaty agreement.
In the 1950s, shipbuilder William Baker designed and built this accurate recreation of the cramped vessel the Pilgrims took from England to the New World. In 1957, the new ship sailed from Plymouth, England to Cape Cod, retracing the original Mayflower journey. Today, it is moored in Plymouth and serves as a living history museum. Tour guides take visitors through the ship, painting a vivid picture of the misery endured by passengers and crew on the 1620 voyage.
Jenney Museum is set in a 1749 house and is a wonderful spot to get a glimpse of the city's Pilgrim history and its advancement. It features two rooms and a gift shop. You will find pictures, maps and archived documents that are really delightful and educational. They also do tours in the area. Jenney Museum is run by Leo Martin and his wife.
The Plymouth colony, which lasted from 1620-1692, is firmly embedded in the collective imagination as one of the major chapters in the story of the United States. This museum reveals some of the earliest pages in that story, through artifacts both famous (William Bradford's Bible) and humble (household artifacts). It also acknowledges the other, and often overlooked, characters in the story: the native Americans who had settled these shores many centuries before Europeans came sailing in on the Mayflower. A gift shop carries reproductions of many of the museum's artifacts.
Founded in 1973, the Woods Hole Historical Museum is a not-for-profit organization aimed to showcase the cultural and artistic value of the region through its display of numerous exhibits. The museum opens every year in the middle of June and runs until the middle of October with a packed schedule of exhibits that would range from photographs of the region to display of artifacts conveying its artistic evolution. The archive collection of the museum comprises of more than 5,000 photographs of Quissett and Woods Hole in the middle of 19th Century as well as a unique collection of conversations of residents of the Woods Hole. These archived collections are found inside the Bradley House which is among the oldest structures in Woods Hole existing since 1803. Other than the archives, other permanent collections of the museum includes display of boats and maritime artifacts from the region inside the Swift Barn. A perfect place to revisit the history of the region, you can also take away some souvenirs from the museum shop. Call for more information.