The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is always a repeat on our list each summer. Our visits are planned specifically to coincide with the Cape Cod Therapy Dogs who visit most months on the third Saturday at 1 pm. The group puts on a community program where dogs and the audience have an opportunity to interact safely through carefully selected games and programs. It is also a great chance for individuals who may be working towards warming up to dogs.
What really drew us the the museum this year was the Butterfly House and Pollinator Path (open from June- early September). Whenever there is a chance to observe butterflies we are there 🙂 Entering the house is free with admission and a reservation for $6 can be arranged for the butterfly feedings. Much worth the minimal cost to be up close to these magical creatures!
The house is laid with small gravel which we had no issue pushing the Convaid Chair through. The staff were extremely helpful, welcoming, and had no issue with the size of our chair coming through! Also there is a limited amount of people allowed in at a time and this made for a much more peaceful and less stimulating experience.
After spending time with these fluttery creatures we of course headed in to enjoy the rest of the museum. The museum has wide hallways and from an accessibility perspective is set up quite well with an open concept. Most of the exhibits are close to eye level for wheelchair users and there is a great deal of interactive material. Our favorite room was the Marshview Room, over looking a great variety of birds and animal life, with comfy swiveling chairs. It was very relaxing and a staff member was very informative.
It is a bit of a bummer to access another one of our favorite spaces, the Aquarium, is on a lower level only accessible by going around through outdoors. This was no issue for us and the staff were very helpful with accompanying us to hold doors, though during rainy weather it could be an annoyance. However once downstairs the aquarium set up we find to be really great. The width makes it easy to travel through with out feeling like you are going to run others down 🙂 Also who doesn’t like to feel like the are underwater with a sea of ocean life!
These exhibits and activities are just a few of the many offered so be sure to check out their website and calendar to find out more!