Museums Hold ‘Free Locals Day’ Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Local Museums , Local History

Chatham Shark Center. COURTESY PHOTO

CHATHAM What do the Atwood House, the Chatham Shark Center and the Marconi Center have in common?

On Saturday, you can get in with nothing more than proof that you live on Cape Cod.

Already popular with visitors to the Cape, the three museums are collaborating on the first-ever Free Locals Day in a bid to encourage visits from year-rounders.

Danielle Jeanloz of the Chatham Historical Society said the idea came from the leaders of the Chatham Shark Center, and the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center also agreed to take part.

“We thought it was a great opportunity because we each have our own niche markets,” Jeanloz said. The promotion also allows the museums to open earlier in the season than in the past, “and really get the people before they get too busy with their summer plans.”

On May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission to all three museums is free to anyone showing a driver’s license with a Cape Cod address. In fact, only one member of each party needs to be a resident, so it’s a chance to locals to introduce the museums to out-of-town friends for free.

“We want to make it easy and fun,” Jeanloz said. “We’re all very excited to show what we have for the season.”

She said “Free Locals Day” particularly benefits the Atwood House, which lacks the visibility that the other two museums enjoy on Route 28.

The event is different from History Weekend, which happens in June and involves the town’s historic sites and history-related attractions.

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