Exhibitions & Collections

The 18,000 items in the collections of Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrate the culture, work, leisure, and life of people in southeastern New England, with a special emphasis on Cape Cod and the Islands. Heritage also hosts indoor and outdoor changing exhibitions each season.

CURRENT EXHIBITS

Current Exhibits

Bugs, Birds & Bricks

Placed within the grounds and gardens, these sculptures highlight the interconnected relationships between the plants and animals that we see at Heritage. READ MORE

Let’s Play: New England Toy Stories

Toys and games—from the handmade to the mass produced—factor large in this region’s cultural history. Come learn about the local roots of many of America’s most beloved toys and games. READ MORE

From Carriage to Classic

Toys and games—from the handmade to the mass produced—factor large in this region’s cultural history. Come learn about the local roots of many of America’s most beloved toys and games. READ MORE

Wampanoag Wetu

This exhibition will bring a full-scale reproduction of a Wetu (about 12-14’ in diameter), a traditional Wampanoag structure to the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens, accompanied by a Wampanoag-style vegetable garden. READ MORE

OUR COLLECTIONS

Our Collections

Centering on American history, art, industry, and culture, our collections number over 13,000 objects.

1908 Looff Carousel

The carousel is one of the most popular attractions at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Made by Charles Looff in 1908, the hand-carved carousel has been thrilling riders for over a hundred years. READ MORE

American Automobile Collection

Heritage’s antique automobile collection features 40 American-made cars, ranging from 1899 through 1962. READ MORE

The Heritage Collection Online

Heritage’s antique automobile collection features 40 American-made cars, ranging from 1899 through 1962. READ MORE

ONLINE EXHIBITS

Online Exhibits

Browse our collection of over 18,000 historic and artistic objects.

The Old East Mill

The Old East Mill, originally located in Orleans, has been a centerpiece at Heritage for over fifty years. Here is the story of its building and operation, as well as how it came to the grounds of the museum in 1967. READ MORE

The Heritage Collection Online

Heritage’s antique automobile collection features 40 American-made cars, ranging from 1899 through 1962. READ MORE