Museums on Cape Cod offer fascinating insight into the region's past. Learn how former U.S. president John F. Kennedy and his family spent their time here, see a 17th-century grist mill, view a glassblowing demonstration and more.

Dexter's Grist Mill

2 Water St. Sandwich MA 02563 U.S.

A working, 17th-century grist mill, open for tours in summer.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

397 Main St. Hyannis MA 02601 U.S.

Celebrating the life of JFK and his family's influence on the Cape, the museum offers permanent and revolving exhibits.

Pilgrim Monument

1 High Pole Hill Rd. Provincetown MA 02657 U.S.

A pillar that commemorates the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620.

Sandwich Glass Museum

129 Main St. Sandwich MA 02563 U.S.

View demonstrations of glass making and learn Cape Cod's tradition in glass works at this small history museum.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd. Woods Hole MA 02543 U.S.

A visitor's center shows guests the extraordinary work of this marine research center.

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

166 Water St. Woods Hole MA 02543 U.S.

An aquarium with a New England focus, this family-oriented museum offers popular "touch" pools.