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The Cape is a mecca for artists, who draw their inspiration from the region’s picturesque beauty. Provincetown is known as the oldest art colony in the USA and recently Barnstable and Yarmouth were named among the top Artistic Cities in America.  Artists working in clay, glass, metal, wood, stone, concrete, paint and fiber can be found in every village and town.  With such a significant amount of artists on the Cape, it only makes sense that there are great art education programs here too. Be sure to download the Cape’s ArtsApp for smart phones, a self-guided itinerary to artists and galleries on and off the beaten path throughout the Cape and Islands.

Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and those who appreciate fine art will love the exciting exhibits at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. History buffs will want to check out the JFK Hyannis Museum, showcasing the Kennedy family’s life and times on Cape Cod, and the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, commemorating the first landing place of the Pilgrims.   From antique cars to lush gardens, Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich features galleries for American Folk Art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions. And these are just a small sampling of our many museums!

The vigor of a region’s non-profit sector reveals the character and strength of the collective heart of the people who live here. An example of this is Philanthropy Day, one of the biggest events each year for those dedicated to the nonprofit work on Cape Cod. There are hundreds of organizations on the Cape - including WE CAN - that ultimately have the same goal in mind: to make Cape Cod a great place to live!

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