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Cape Ann Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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A phenomenal local museum in the heart of Gloucester

Sometimes a local museum can deliver in ways that the big guys can’t. This place is a must see for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

We had no idea of the extent of the collection in this charming museum. Be sure to take one of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vanessa V
Woodbridge, NJ
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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...more
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27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Sometimes a local museum can deliver in ways that the big guys can’t. This place is a must see for locals and visitors alike! We recently caught an exhibit by a local artist that represented a vast display of local land/seascpapes. In what will be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea of the extent of the collection in this charming museum. Be sure to take one of the short guided tours! They also have a wonderful gift shop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vanessa V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to know more about the fishing industry and how great its influence on Cape Ann is, this is the place for you. In addition there are stunning paintings of this area by the most well known artists.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank msmunich01930
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

This little museum is a local gem and must-see when in Gloucester. The collection is remarkable, the museum itself is clean, well lit, and modern beneath it’s historic exterior. Just saw the museum’s Virginia Lee Burton exhibit featuring some of her children’s book illustrations and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GranolaGal
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Although I am relatively local (20 miles away), I had never been before. It was avery pleasant experience. The exhibits were great, the staff even better and the Docents far more informed / knowledgeable than I would have expected. Learned some very interesting things and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JohnM5923
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is a very eclectic place. It's an art museum (noted for Fitz Henry Lane works). It's a maritime museum. It's a history museum. All in one. I do recommend the docent led tour (also the only way you can get to see the attached...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kgilbert78
Reviewed 11 October 2018

The Cape Ann museum is a great place if you're new to town, have lived there for years, or even if you're just visiting. The layout is easy to follow with a lot of information and history to absorb. There is no doubt you will...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank na0mip22
Reviewed 11 October 2018

This is a special place, curated with extreme sensitivity in a fascinating way. There are paintings, extraordinary lighthouse lenses, carved boat prow figureheads, diaries of settlers, and much more. A very comfortable place, and not crowded.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gibraltarfan
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Come to this museum as the first thing that you do when visiting Cape Ann. It will place everything else you see in perspective. The museum encompasses the fishing industry, the granite quarrying, a little natural history, fine art, local contemporary art, the artist communities,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 508EllenCee
Reviewed 23 September 2018

The museum has some fabulous paintings of the old masters of marine art. They depicted the history of the Grand Banks in living colour. The museum has some great models of schooners and dory’s as well as old artifacts from the times when fishing was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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!
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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!