Marine Museums & Attractions

Upper Cape

Bradley House Museum

573 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole; 508-548-7270
Bradley House was owned by 19th-century ship captain William Bradley, who was lost at sea. There is also a boat barn that houses a number of small historic boats. Open July and August Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM; call for June and September hours.

Marine Biological Laboratory

Water St., Woods Hole; 508-548-3705, e
A 1½-hour tour includes a slide show followed by a guided side trip to view undersea wonders. Free tours are held at 1 PM Monday through Friday from mid-June through the end of August. Call to make reservations.

National Marine Fisheries Service Aquarium

Water St., Woods Hole; 508-548-7684
The Aquarium is open to the public Monday thru Friday 10am to 4pm and weekends from June 14th thru September 7th from 10am to 4pm.

Sandwich Fish Hatchery

Rt. 6A, Sandwich; 508-888-0008
More than 80,000 trout are raised here to stock the state’s various ponds. You can track the stages of fish development and feed the fish. Admission is free. Open year round, 9 AM to 3 PM.

Mid Cape

Aqua Circus of Cape Cod

674 Route 28, Yarmouth; 508-775-8883

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

135 South Street, Hyannis; 508-775-1723

Osterville Historical Society

Parker and West Bay Rds., Osterville; 508-428-5861
Behind the Jonathan Parker house is a boathouse containing historic Crosby catboats and Wianno Seniors and Juniors which were all designed in Osterville. Open late June to mid-October, Thursday through Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children.


674 Route 28, West Yarmouth; 508-775-8883

Lower Cape

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

869 Rt. 6A, Brewster; 508-896-3867, 8

Old Harbor Life Saving Station

Race Point Rd., Provincetown; 508-487-1256

Salt Pond Visitor Center

Rt. 6A, Eastham; 508-255-3421
Learn about the geological and natural elements that make up the outer shores of Cape Cod. Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Exhibit room with displays on various Cape industries, lighthouses and the life-saving service. Open year round, 7 days a week from 9 AM to 4:30 PM except from early January to mid-February--open weekends only.

Marthas Vineyard

Vineyard Museum

8 Cooke St., Edgartown; 508-627-4441
Includes exhibits on the whaling industry, such as scrimshaw, ship models, and the original Fresnel lens from the Gay Head Lighthouse.


Egan Institute of Maritime Studies

4 Winter, Nantucket; 508-228-2505

Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium

28 Washington St., Nantucket; 508-228-5387

Nantucket Historical Society Whaling Museum

Broad, Nantucket; 508-228-1736

Nantucket Life Saving Museum

Polpis Rd., Nantucket; 508-228-1885