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Thornton W. Burgess Museum

4 Water Street ( Route 130)
Sandwich ( Cap Cod), MA

Phone: 508-888-4668

Statement of Purpose

"To inspire reverence for wildlife and concern for the natural environment" by honoring the memory and continuing the work of Thornton W. Burgess, children's author and pioneer conservationist.

See also: Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen.

Highlights & Collections

The Thornton W. Burgess Museum is located on beautiful Shawme Pond in the historic center of Cape Cod's oldest town. Here the life, works and spirit of Thornton W. Burgess, renowned children's author, naturalist, and Sandwich native are preserved in the 18th century house once owned by his Aunt Arabella. The museum collects, maintains and exhibits artifacts, art, writings and other personal and professional memorabilia which relate to his life and work. On the grounds is a lovely "tussie mussie" herb garden overlooking the pond where swans and ducks can be seen in their natural habitat. The Museum gift shop offers many unique items in addition to Burgess storybooks. Burgess animal storytimes are conducted on a regular basis during the summer months.


The award-winning wildflower garden

dominates the front lawn of the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich, MA.

Green Briar Jam Kitchen

East Sandwich, MA

Exhibits & Special Events


Admission & Directions

By Donation: Adults $2.00 Children $1.00

Take Route 6 (Mid Cape Highway) to exit #2 (Route 130). North on Route 130 about 1 mile to Sandwich Village. Museum is on the left along the shores of Shawme Pond.

Key Personnel

Jeanne E. Johnson, Executive Director

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