Heritage Museums & Gardens

Text by Kelly Chase

Sandwich’s Heritage Museums & Gardens has a wide variety of activities for history buffs and outdoorsy types of all ages.

With 100 acres of gardens, woodlands and nature trails, Heritage is the largest public garden in southern New England. The grounds open in April, so depending on the season, guests walk past rows of blooming rhododendrons and silverbells, and can learn about plants and trees native to the Cape. This year, the museum will host the exhibit, “Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views,” which presents work by contemporary landscape artists, such as Paul Resika, Alex Katz, Wolf Kahn, Lois Dodd, April Gornik and Stephen Hannock, in addition to historical materials by notables like Edward Hopper. Inside the Automobile Gallery, “Driven to Collect” is Heritage founder Josiah K. Lilly III’s collection of antique automobiles, including a 1909 White Steam Car Model M owned by President Taft. Children keep busy at Heritage, too: the Adventure Park has ziplines and elevated obstacle courses. Young and old can also take a ride on the beloved vintage carousel, whose horses were hand carved by Charles Loof in 1908.

“We’re taking our mission of exploration, discovery and learning to a new level in 2017,” says Ellen Spear, president and CEO at Heritage Museums & Gardens. “From the moment visitors arrive, there are multiple options to experience Heritage in fun and engaging ways. Because there’s so much to see and do, this season our visitors can enjoy personalized, behind-the-scenes tours that cater to their interests and get them up close and personal with our collections, gardens and exhibits. They’ll even have the opportunity to ride in one of our historic cars.”

Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, 508-888-3300

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