Mom and kids in the shark cage during Museum Mondays in May on Cape Cod

With the weather feeling more spring-like each day and summer just around the corner, Cape Cod has many opportunities for fun family adventures. I’m most excited about the return of Museum Mondays in May.

This year, on three Mondays in May, various museums across the Cape will offer free admission to visitors. Each week, a new group of museums will offer a chance to expose your kids to the wonders of art, history, and culture without the added cost of admission. 

Museum Mondays in May

I’m always looking for fun and enriching activities to keep my kiddos engaged and entertained without breaking the bank. There is no better way to do that than by exploring the rich cultural treasures in our backyard. Museum Mondays in May, hosted by the Cape Cod Museum Trail, is a great way to get a dose of culture ahead of the busy summer season. 

As local moms, we often play tour guides to our summer guests, and this program is an excellent opportunity to test out new places you might not otherwise visit. One of the best parts about this event is the sheer variety of museums to choose from. Whether your family is into maritime history, natural sciences, or fine arts, there’s something for everyone. With museums throughout the Cape, you can easily pick something close to you or plan a day trip to another part of the Cape. Making a day of your adventure is easy by packing a picnic lunch and visiting a nearby playground.

Monday Museum Dates with Mom

Last year, my crew couldn’t get enough of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Center in Chatham. Standing in the shark cage enthralled my kiddos. I’ll never forget their faces when we got a close-up look at the megalodon jaw hanging on the wall. The sheer size made us all pause to consider just how small we are.

This May, I’ve set my sights on visiting the Sandwich Glass Museum with my almost 7-year-old. I’ve never been to the Glass Museum, but I’ve heard great things about it. I’m excited for us to discover this place together during a special mom-son museum date. This visit, of course, will be after having a long talk while driving there about not touching things in this particular museum! We’re also looking forward to visiting the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center in Chatham. After learning about Morse Code at Cub Scouts this year, this museum will be a great extension. 

Honestly, I can’t say enough how grateful I am that Cape Cod’s museums banded together to make this all possible for local families. Passing on a love of art, culture, and education is one of the greatest joys of motherhood but also one of the most challenging on a budget. Leave it to this community to create a brilliant solution that makes it all affordable and fun!

Hit the Museum Trail this May

I’ve cleared our May calendar for Monday museum dates with my little adventurers. I encourage you to grab your calendar and map out your Museum Mondays in May itinerary. Check out the complete list of participating museums and map out a game plan for hitting all your family’s must-sees. You’ll all have fun and inspire a lifelong love of learning in your little ones along the way.

Ally Piper
Ally is a summer visitor turned year-round resident celebrating her 10th anniversary of calling Cape Cod home. She is a writer and artist squeezing her creativity into the cracks while raising two energetic curly-haired kiddos (currently 6 & 4). Her children’s book GOLDEN HOUR: A CAPE COD STORY tells the story of a typical summer day for her family while visiting her grandparents in Orleans. Now, Ally counts herself incredibly lucky to be able to share all the beauty and magic of Cape Cod with her husband and children. From hiking to boating, you’ll often find them exploring and taking advantage of everything the Cape offers families.


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