The Cape Cod Maritime Museum on Cape Cod is featuring a new exhibit called “Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod”, to open July 10, 2013.

Importing alcohol into the United States was a risky business between 1920 and 1933, one that drew in Cape Cod sailors and captains, Coast Guard seamen and officers, gangsters and code breakers. Throughout the “Roaring Twenties” the waterways of Cape Cod were the scene of a cat-and-mouse game played between souped-up speedboats built specially for the trade in illegal liquor, and the Coast Guard ships and boats charged with keeping America dry. “Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod” exhibit provides a look at another Cape Cod, where shootouts on the beaches, high-speed chases in the night with no running lights, and murder on the high seas were all part of this very risky business. The exhibit through December 15.

Special Event Information:

Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod

  • Exhibit Opening Reception — Members & Invitation Only
  • Thursday, July 11 5-7 p.m.
  • Wine & light hors d’oeuvres


  • Exhibits are open mid-March thru mid-December,
    Tuesday—Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
  • Boat Shop is open year-round for courses and volunteer training.


  • Adults: $5
  • Students & Seniors: $4
  • Children under 7: free
  • Members: free

For more information call (508-775-1723), vistit the Cape Cod Museum website by CLICKING HERE or email at

Just Spotted, oil painting by William R. Davis.

Just Spotted, oil painting by William R. Davis.



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