Museums

Museums in Orleans bring local history and culture to life.

The French Cable Station Museum  houses a historical collection of original Atlantic undersea telegraphic cables, instruments and assorted memorabilia, and is one of only three such marine telegraph stations remaining around the world. The building was erected in 1890 to house the operations of the French Cable Company and was also used during World War I, when General Pershing in France communicated with the U.S. Government via the cable station.

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Orleans Historical Society Meeting House Museum  is a Greek Revival structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At present, the Society has a collection covering genealogical information, diaries, deeds, 19th and 20th century photos, works by local artists, special collections focusing on Orleans families and individuals, ships’ logs, Native American artifacts, and other items relating to the history of Orleans and its citizens. The museum is open July and August.

The Nauset Model Railroad Club, showcases model railroading. Today’s members are a mix of very active collectors with train layouts, and others who just enjoy talking and learning about trains. During the months of July and August, they hold Open Houses every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at our Train Room. Again, all of our layouts will be in operation and as always, admission is free!

At Artworks! you will find an interactive multi-media exhibit of the iconic photography of Rowland Scherman. Teen idol. First Peace Corps photographer. Grammy Award winner. Freelance work for Life, Look, National Geographic, Playboy, Paris Match and more. Look-you will see over forty years of fabulous photography on display. Listen-you will hear Rowland’s narrative and historical audio clips. Learn-about the people and events of the tumultuous American  1960’s. Mr. Scherman captured the essence of this important era in fine detail, his evocative images speak to our emotions. 

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History integrates the three strands of its organizational identity – as museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land. WCVB’s Chronicle featured the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on their Best of the Cape episode!