A Cape Cod Guide to Arts & Culture

Well known as a haven for artists, Cape Cod has been the subject of, the influence on, and the inspiration for generations of creative types. Here you’ll find more galleries, cultural events and other arts opportunities to partake in than almost anywhere else in the country. Since the Cape Cod School of Art was established in Provincetown in 1899, artists from near and far have flocked to all parts of the Cape for its many workshops, classes and arts programs.


  • Black Whale Gallery
    493 Main Street Hyannis
    The Black Whale Gallery has an eclectic collection of arts and crafts created by Cape Cod artists. Stop by and watch owner/artist Nancy Lyon create beautiful scrimshaw on natural materials. Custom orders welcome. We also feature Nantucket baskets, original oil paintings, sailor’s valentines, nautical photography, pottery, stained glass, silver jewelry, handmade soaps, and a variety of other gift items and artwork. We carry unique gifts for special people.
  • Creative Arts Center
    154 Crowell Rd., Chatham
    Established in 1969, the Creative Arts Center features interesting exhibitions by acclaimed local artists and offers year-round classes and workshops in drawing and painting, pottery and jewelry. It hosts several annual events during the year including the “Festival of the Arts” held at Chase Park in Chatham each August.
  • Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
    10 Meetinghouse Road, Truro
    Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, located in the dunes of Truro within walking distance to Cape Cod Bay, provides an inspirational environment for workshops in the arts for all levels of interest, from beginner to experienced practitioner. Our faculty consists of prominent artists in the fields of painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, writing, poetry and much more. Castle Hill also offers a series of lectures, poetry readings, gallery exhibitions and special events featuring local and visiting artists. This summer we have internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman as our Distinguished Artists & Writers Chair, she will give a lecture on August 26th.



  • Vintage In Vogue
    37A-41A Main Street, Orleans
    Vintage in Vogue and the Vintage in Vogue Bridal Shop are Cape Cod’s ultimate shopping experience for ladies’ and men’s antique and vintage clothing. Timeless fashions from frolic to formal that span the decades 1870 to 1970. Hats, dresses, vintage beach wear, lingerie, purses, shoes, costume jewelry and a vast selection of vintage wedding gowns. In-house custom tailoring and couturier alteration services. 37A-41A Main Street, Orleans. Visit our new location inside Whaler’s Wharf, 237 Commercial Street, Provincetown. All shops open daily June through October.


  • West Barnstable Tables
    2454 Meetinghouse Way, Route 149,
    West Barnstable

    We’ve been creating handmade furniture since 1970. Primitive furniture made 
form antique woods and also new hard woods such as Cherry, Tiger and Curly Maple. It’s worth the trip to browse our large barn showrooms. Open seven days 



  • The Academy of Performing Arts
    120 Main St., Orleans
    Celebrating 40 years as a vibrant arts institution! This wonderful theater in Orleans that was once the Town Hall has been converted into a unique and intimate 162-seat (air conditioned!) arena-style theater. This true community theater featuring local stars brings the audience into the world of each performance and captures the essence of live theater. This summer join us for CABARET, Les Miserables or one of our great concerts! Open year round the APA offers an array of dramas, musicals, and seasonal children’s theatre – Summer 2014 is Disney’s The Little Mermaid! We’ll see you at the Playhouse!



  • Adventure Park at Heritage Museums and Gardens
    67 Grove Street, Sandwich
    New for 2015 at Heritage Museums & Gardens: The Adventure Park. Zip lines and challenge bridges between tree platforms on four acres of beautiful forest. Choose from five different, “aerial trails” for kids, teens, adults and groups, ages seven and older. Trails range from beginner to advanced, plus walking paths for non-climbers. Natural fun and learning. Buy timed tickets for a two-hour climb or combo tickets for the full Heritage experience of climbing, plus garden and exhibit access.
  • Atwood House Museum
    347 Stage Harbor Rd., Chatham
    Originally built in 1752, the gambrel-roofed Atwood House Museum currently houses eight galleries with permanent exhibits, featuring artwork and historical memorabilia unique to Chatham and Cape Cod, including the Chatham school bells display and a Wompanoag mishoon. The museum is open with seasonal hours June through October. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for students; Free for members and children under 6.
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
    135 South Street Hyannis, on the Inner Harbor
    Our newly opened Maritime Fine Art Gallery offers $1Million in contemporary Fine Art for sale, surrounded by Cape Cod’s largest Scrimshaw display, an Exhibit on the history of Cape Cod Boat Builders, and the Cook Boat shop teaching today’s youth and adults how to build wooden boats. Our newly renovated Gift Shop provides a wide assortment of affordable gifts, including Maritime books, crafts and jewelry, while our children’s play area is the perfect place to sit and watch the harbor Ferries on their way to the islands.
  • Heritage Museums
    and Gardens
    67 Grove Street, Sandwich
    Set on 100 stunning acres of gardens, nature trails, and open spaces, Heritage Museums & Gardens is the only place where you can browse through rare works of art, fly through the trees on a zip line, and see iconic antique automobiles all in one day. Explore Hidden Hollow™, an interactive outdoor discovery area for kids of all ages. Take a ride on the vintage carousel. And find your own special spot on the Cape.
  • Plimoth Plantation
    137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth
    Plimoth Plantation, less than an hour south of Boston and minutes from Cape Cod, is a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th-Century English Village, Craft Center, Plimoth Bread Company, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. The Visitor Center offers an indoor gallery exhibit, Cinema and function facilities. Visit our museum shops for unique, historically-inspired items. Open mid-March through November.

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