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Protect, Preserve, Promote The Cape Cod Maritime Museum

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Winter Hours of Operation

January - March 
Open by chance

additional questions can be addressed by email


Our Spring Opening is just around the corner...

95WXTK radio's Doug Verney interviewed Chris Galazzi, Cape Cod Maritime Museum Executive Director this January. Chris used the air time to let the public know about new exhibits coming in 2018, education programs, and to elaborate on our preservation efforts.
Listen to a recording of the show here

Vacation and Winter Classes

Illustrate a Journal

Wednesday, February 21st from 10am-12pm
Make your own illustrated journal. We will begin by looking at our own Abigail’s journal and then make our own using simple binding techniques. Once completed we can begin illustrating them before taking them home.

Drop off classes for 8-12 year olds,
For more information, please email
$18 per student

click here to register and secure a spot


Lego Boat Building Challenge

Thursday, February 22nd from 1-3pm
The challenge will be to build a boat with Legos that will hold weight and float. The boat that holds the most weight while still floating will win bragging rights. Sorry, but Legos stay here after the challenge.

Drop off classes for 8-12 year olds
For more information, please email
$18 per student

click here to register and secure a spot


Family Fun Drop in Classes

All ages welcome
Adults must accompany children

Monday, February 19
    Seashell Crafts: Come learn about our local Cape Cod mollusks such as quahogs, scallops and clams.  Make fun art or crafts using clean discarded shells. All sorts of materials will be available to help your creativity flourish.

Tuesday, February 20
    Create a Maritime Creature, Real or Imagined! If you love making stuff, this class is for you. Lots of materials, new and recycled, will be available for you to create your own Maritime creature to take home.

Friday, February 23
    Build a Boat: A small, hand-held boat, that is. Starting with a boat shaped wooden hull participants will be free to build their own boats using wood and recycled materials. All will be encouraged to float their boats before taking them home.

$10 per participant



Rope Splicing Class for Boaters

Wednesdays, March 14th & 21st from 6:30-8:30pm
All serious boaters should know how to splice a rope. Splicing is a better way to join two ropes and can be done in several ways. Both twisted line and braided line techniques will be taught by Master Boatwright, Bruce Colvin over two nights, March 14 and March 21, 6:30-8:30pm. Anyone who wishes to make their own dock lines, anchor lines, sailboat rigging, etc. should learn how to splice. Kits with necessary and specific tools are included in the cost and will be given to each student to keep after class. This is a technical skill class, not a craft class. You do not need prior experience.

Enrollment is limited.
Please pre-register via email
Cost is $90 for classes and kit

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Sketching for Scaredy Cats
8 week Class

Wednesdays from 1-3pm, beginning January 17
This is a class for people who have never taken a drawing class and who have not made art since they were in middle school. In other words, this is a class for those who want to try their hand at sketching but want a safe place to try it out. Gentle instruction and lots of encouragement will be provided. Students only need a pad of unlined paper or a sketchbook and a #2 pencil to start.

Class size is small and classes fill up quickly. Pre-registration and payment is a must.
For more information, please email
Cost is $95 for complete 8 week course

click here to register and secure a spot


Exploring Color with Watercolors
10 week Class

Thursdays from 10am-12pm, beginning January 18
Aimed at advanced beginners and intermediate students, this course will address color problems that many students have skipped right over. A list of suggested supplies will be sent following registration.

Class size is small and classes fill up quickly. Pre-registration and payment is a must.
For more information please email
Cost is $130 for complete course, or $20 per class*
*for per class registration-please email

click here to register and secure a spot


Look for us at these upcoming events...

The Festival of Museums is just that – a free one-day celebration of Cape Cod’s museums and galleries with events throughout the day. Museums and galleries from all around Cape Cod are offering a fun packed day of surprising and exciting events and activities aimed at igniting your imagination.  So, whether you’re a mom or dad looking for something to do with the kids, a group of friends looking for a new experience or an art or history enthusiast, come along and join in the fun!

April 28, 2018 • 10-4PM • Free Admission
Hyannis Youth & Community Center
141 Basset Lane, Hyannis, MA
Learn more about Cape Cod Museum Trail here

Where History and Culture Come Alive


The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a non-profit based in Hyannis, Massachusetts. We are Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to maritime culture. Our mission includes preserving the rich seafaring traditions for which Cape Cod and the Islands are famous.  We accomplish this by exhibiting critical artifacts of bygone eras, and promoting that heritage through our museum experience.  We enable audiences of all ages to discover Cape Cod's maritime history through exhibits, and education programs. Understand the essence of what makes our corner of the country truly remarkable with a visit.

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is ideally located on the Hyannis waterfront - adjacent to Aselton Park. Aside from the beauty of our South Street site, and our commanding view of the harbor, we are in the very heart of Hyannis village itself! The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is within walking distance of Main Street and the ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and near a variety of restaurants, beaches, attractions, and lodging. Hyannis, MA is Cape Cod’s commercial, cultural and geographic center. The Museum stands as a year-round asset to the village’s waterfront, and attracts visitors from the immediate community, the state, New England, as well as from nations throughout the world.

We invite you to join us here at CCMM, and learn what maritime life really means to the men and women of Cape Cod.

For more information about the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, or to schedule your tour, please call us at 508-775-1723.


The Boat Yard Apprentice School 

This innovative program will provide students with the teamwork and communication skills necessary to excel in any workplace environment, not just the marine trades.  We achieve this outcome for each student through the participation of multi-generational teachers and mentors in the boat shop classroom, where self-esteem building communication styles and positive engagement are the first step in every interaction.  The program is specifically aligned with industry-recognized standards for entry level employment, enabling students to seek existing opportunities in the field of maritime employment.  

Our curriculum development partner is Arey’s Pond Boat Yard in South Orleans, MA.  We have collaborated to determine the specific skills and experience necessary to earn a Cape Cod Maritime Museum “Boat Yard Apprentice Certificate.”  Skills included in this certificate training are sanding, scraping, paint application, basic epoxy repairs, as well as basic wood cutting and shaping.  Certification will also cover introduction to towing and launching, and introduction to sail and power.

The Boatyard Apprentice School can be the first step toward learning skills that will provide at-risk school age teenagers and adults the emotional, verbal and cognitive knowledge needed to advance in their chosen career path. Through the guidance of trained educators, dedicated volunteers and career mentors, students gain real-world experience that is transferable to their personal and professional relationships. The Museum’s staff creates an environment where students can model positive communication, leading to self-esteem and social awareness, in addition to hard maritime skills; we collaborate to break negative cycles and enhance the self-respect of those served.



Triumph, a 45' Pete Culler designed leeboard, gaff rigged, Sharpie Ketch, was built by Captain Jim Melcher in the 1960's where she spent her early years enchanting campers on Pleasant Bay. Now weathered and in need of repair, she will spend the winter visiting the museum's Boatyard Apprentice School, providing students with the most valued learning tool; hands on experience.


We want to thank the following sponsors for their support.  With their generosity, we have been able to offer more programming to the public.

Pirate's Ball Sponsor

We would like to thank the iHeart Media group for being our media sponsor. They will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the events, so tune in! 


We work closely with our partners, enabling you to enjoy your visit to Hyannis and Cape Cod.  Please visit our partners during your visit.

Movie Night Underwriters 

Cape Cod Maritime Museum would like to thank the following people for their support regarding the August 3rd screening of Andrew Fone's movie Where Dreams are Made - A Year at Crosby Boat Yard