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Protect, Preserve, Promote The Cape Cod Maritime Museum

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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