The Town of Barnstable includes seven villages within its boundaries. Each village has unique and significant cultural and historical qualities. Centerville, located on the south side, is primarily residential; includes the Christian Camp Meeting Association and has a beautiful beach. Osterville is located on the south side, is primarily residential and includes inlets and harbors for fishing and boating. Hyannis is the town’s central business/commercial district, which includes town offices and several shopping malls. Hyannis is also a fishing village and its harbor provides steamship access to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. Marstons Mills is primarily residential and is located on Route 28. Cotuit is a village located on a peninsula on the south side, is primarily residential and has several small beaches. West Barnstable is located on the north side, is primarily residential and sparsely populated. Barnstable is located on the north side which houses the County Complex and has a working harbor and several small beaches.
Southeastern Massachusetts located on the “biceps” of the Cape Cod arm. Bordered by Cape Cod Bay on the north, Nantucket Sound on the south, Sandwich and Mashpee on the west, and Yarmouth on the east. Barnstable is 53 miles east of Fall River, 69 miles southeast of Boston, and 250 miles from New York City. Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. The main number is 508-862-4600.
|Cahoon Museum of American Art||4676 Falmouth Road||508-428-7581||Cotuit||Seasonal. Reopens end of March. 10 – 4 Tuesday – Saturday; 1 – 4 Sunday. Collection of 19th-century American art and primitive paintings by Ralph and Martha Cahoon. Regular exhibitions and part of permanent collection on view, as well as gift shop. Yearly Brush Off summer festival with auction, artists painting live, food, and music on Cotuit Village Green. Museum Admission: General $10, seniors & students $8, Members and children under 12 free.|
|Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame & Museum||Lower level JFK Museum, 397 Main St||508-790-3077||Hyannis||Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Display of Cape League’s 100-year history and memorabilia from all 10 franchises, including displays of wooden bats and autographed baseballs. Honors past accomplishments of many standout players, coaches and supporters. Admission: $9, seniors $6, $5 ages 8-17, free for children under 8; includes admission to John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.|
|Cape Cod Maritime Museum||135 South St Hyannis||508-775-1723||Hyannis||Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Celebrating and preserving the Cape’s maritime past, present and future, the museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits and hands-on activities for children. Seasonal sails available on Crosby catboat replica, Sarah. Gift shop offering nautical gifts for all ages. $5, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 7.|
|Centerville Historical Museum||513 Main St, Centerville||508-775-0331||Centerville||Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. One of the museum’s most noted collections features historic gowns, costumes, and uniforms, along with clothing and accessories of the 18th - 20th centuries. Other collections include: 18th and 19th century decorative arts, toys, tools, weapons, marine artifacts, photographs, furniture, and paintings. Children and adults will enjoy our replica 1860s one-room country school, and 18th century reproduction colonial kitchen. Parking available, handicap access, and Museum gift shop. Open February through December. Admission $7, seniors and students $6, children under 8 free.|
|Coast Guard Heritage Museum||3353 Main St, Route 6A||508-362-8521||Barnstable Village||Opens May 1st. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Mission is to preserve and share story of U.S. Coast Guard from 18th-century Revolutionary War period into the modern era. Exhibits and artifacts on display, including scale-model ships, aircraft, navigation lights, lightships, lighthouses, ships bells, artwork, books, commemorative coins, more. Newly expanded Vietnam War exhibit and history of War of 1812. Blacksmith Jim Ellis working his forge in old Carriage House. Gift shop. Admission: $5. Children age 10 or under and active duty Coast Guard personnel admitted free.|
|Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit, Samuel B Dottridge Homestead||1148 Main St||508.428.0461||Cotuit||Seasonal Memorial Day through Christmas. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The homestead reflects life in coastal Cotuit during 19th century. Fire museum houses oldest fire engine on Cape Cod. Admission FREE!|
|Osterville Historical Museum||155 West Bay Rd||508-428-5861||Osterville||Seasonal but special events all year. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery tours, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Dedicated to preserving history of village of Osterville. Museum complex sits on grounds highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and 19th century ornamental garden. Museum’s permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics and a dozen full-size wooden boats. Farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.|
|Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Collection||Simmons Homestead Inn 288 Scudder Ave||508-778-4934||Hyannis Port||Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Collection of over 40 sports cars from 1950s through 1980s; mostly English, many Japanese, and all red. Admission $8, ages 10-16 $4. Age 9 and under free.|
|West Barnstable Train Station and Historic Train Museum||2469 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149)||508-362-9287||West Barnstable||Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Circa 1911 restored station leased and operated by Cape Cod Chapter National Railway Historical Society since 2000. Scenic, narrated rides on Cape Cod Central Railroad from West Barnstable to Cape Cod Canal and return. Departures: 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. (one hour and ten minutes). Free parking, restrooms. Donation accepted.|
|Zion Union Heritage Museum||276 North St||508-790-9466||Hyannis||May through October Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. November and December: Thursday-Saturday: 10: a.m.-4 p.m. January Closed. February through April: Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours may be arranged by calling 508-776-4330. Mission is to celebrate African-American and Cape Verdean population, as well as other ethnic and demographic diversity. Cultural exhibits with artifacts and art, local arts and crafts and opportunities to promote oral, public and local history projects. Admission: $5, seniors $4, ages 10-17 $3, free under age 10.|