Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

John Hay Room

The John Hay Room is a newly renovated STEM based interactive space. Look for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math inquiry based activities for all ages, a book collection of topics relevant to natural history, the Northeastern United States, Massachusetts and Cape Cod, Smartboard interactive shark tracking and presentations, wifi access and more.

The John Hay room is named after one of the Museum's founders and President for twenty five years.

Mr. Hay was an author, naturalist, activist, and visionary. He wrote 18 books and was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing for "The Great Beach" written in 1963. He is probably best known here for T  “The Run’’ written in 1959 that chronicled  the annual migration of the alewife in Paines Creek.

Mr. Hay's father was an archaeologist at the American Museum of Natural History and his grandfather, John, was Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary and biographer, and later a Secretary of State.

In the John Hay Room you'll find a collection of books directly related to our many programs and used a reference material as well as general informational books about Cape Cod. The space is used by the casual reader and for more formalized presentations that can include the use of a SMART Board.

The above photo shows Dr. Greg Skomal using the Board to demonstrate his great white shark tagging site.