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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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Interesting Find!

Our trip to Gloucester was nearly rained out, but we had family in town, so we persevered and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Medford, Massachusetts
Unique hidden gem

This is a smallish museum with very high quality exhibitions generally on the subject of Cape Ann... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to a single remarkable place. From its earliest days as a fishing and shipping port to its mid-19th century role in the granite industry, to its singular charms of light and sea that have attracted countless artists from the 19th century to the present, Cape Ann boasts a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial, and artistic achievement. The Museum's fine art collection includes the largest grouping of works by native son and renowned marine artist, Fitz Henry Lane, as well as work by other prominent painters and sculptors who lived on, visited or were inspired by Cape Ann. The work of contemporary Cape Ann artists is also collected and exhibited. The permanent collection includes fine and decorative arts, and artifacts from the major industries of the area - the fisheries and granite quarrying. Founded in 1873 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, today the Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. In addition to its permanent collections, the Museum offers a rotating schedule of special exhibitions throughout the year as well as related programs and events. Visit us today to discover the treasures of Cape Ann.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 05:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our trip to Gloucester was nearly rained out, but we had family in town, so we persevered and waited out the rain at the Cape Ann Museum. We were surprised at how much was packed into a seemingly small space. The Fitz Henry Lane collection...More

Thank souprhero
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a smallish museum with very high quality exhibitions generally on the subject of Cape Ann and it's history. A favorite is the gallery devoted to Fitz Henry Lane's work.

Thank cdolmsted
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here twice and really enjoy it. They have a great collection of local art work and interesting exhibits. Namely, a poignant photo exhibit showing real people who still make their living as seafarers in Gloucester. Also, they have a huge Fresnel lens on...More

Thank HappyTrails082013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought it would be locally focused (which it is) but with a depth that was unexpected. Learn about the local art community and learn a little about Gloucester history (including fishing) at the same time. Well worth the 2 hours spent. Could have stayed for...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Cape Ann Museum thinking that it was going to give us a lot of history about the local area before we went on a whale watching trip; however, after we paid the admission fee, we quickly found out that it was...More

Thank Dalton B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been to dozens and dozens of museums, large and small, around the world, I can honestly say that the Cape Ann Museum is one of the best I've ever visited in the small museum category. It has a wonderful blend of art and history,...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The paintings in the Cape Ann Museum by Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester native, are national treasures. Lane captured the mysteriousness, and terror of the sea, veiled by beauty and maritime detail.

Thank architectCS
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A very well run museum filled with the works of local artists from the past as well as current. Many artifacts, maritime history and local lore. Conveniently located within walking distance to other parts of Gloucester. Close to restaurants and the Pleasant Street Tea House....More

Thank red-red-wineMA
Reviewed 8 May 2017

While staying in Rockport, MA, in mid April 2017, the weather turned rainy. We were too early in the season for the typical summer activities and shopping, so we took the short drive to Gloucester. We had heard that the museum was a good place...More

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 5 May 2017

This is a lovely maritime museum chock full of the history of the area & the lives of fisherman & their families - and indeed, the part they played in the economic & social construction of America.

Thank Gatorgirl2013
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Steve L
Is Cape Ann open on Veteran's Day?
7 November 2016|
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Response from ronda f | Property representative |
Yes. The Cape Ann Museum will be open on Veterans Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!
Do you provide laundry service for guests?
3 July 2015|
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Response from kab0406 | Reviewed this property |
IT's an art museum...when you find a museum that also does laundry, I can't wait to read your review of the place!