Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester: Hours, Address, Cape Ann Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cape Ann Museum
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Susan S
Spring, TX173 contributions
Interesting Local Museum with great art
Sep 2021
Very interesting local museum partially in an historic house. Lots of Great exhibits about the area, it's history, commerce, famous people, yacht racing, and lots of local art! Well worth the visit.
Written October 8, 2021
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KLJ-17
Somerville, MA71 contributions
A Good Introduction to the Area
Sep 2021
The Cape Ann Museum is a nice little museum and a very good introduction to the history and importance of this area. I would love to see it have a few more child-friendly and hands-on exhibits, but it held the attention of the two kids accompanying me for a while.
Written October 5, 2021
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Dominique H
Miami Beach, FL25 contributions
Cape Ann Museum is a gem!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Was not expecting much but was very impressed with the Cape Ann Museum! They have a very fine collection of paintings and artifacts from the area. If you are visiting Cape Ann and have an interest in art or history this museum is not to be missed!
Written September 19, 2021
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John M
7 contributions
A fascinating afternoon
Jul 2021
My wife and I are real museum geeks, and we weren't disappointed by the cape Ann Museum. You can immerse yourself in the history of the region's storied art community, get lost in tales of Cape Ann's fishing industry, and view stunning paintings of Glourcester harbor. We spent over two hours here and loved every minute. Highlight of the museum for me was the original Lady of Good Voyage statue that hung above OLGV Church for many years.
Written July 25, 2021
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Douglas M
Collingswood, NJ118 contributions
Wonderful small museum
Jul 2021
The Cape Ann Museum is a wonderful small museum. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. To me the highlights were the variety of art from Cape Ann. the photographs of Gloucester fishing families,, the Folly Cove designers, the Homeport show featuring lithographs and drawings from Stow Wengenroth and Adin Murray, and the Fitz Henry Lane gallery, as well as a wide variety of maritime artifacts. If you like art and are in Gloucester, this is a place not to miss.
Written July 16, 2021
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AnnTravelsALot
Austin, TX304 contributions
A Must See Art & History Museum
Jul 2021
This was my second time at this museum and I continue to be SO impressed! They have a great balance between historical relevance and captivating, beautiful art. The lines are very clean and the look of the museum itself appears very modern despite being in an old building. There is tons of natural light and they make extremely good use of the space - Don’t fail to turn every corner and take a peek even if you think it’s just the restroom, or elevator. However, it’s not at all crowded! It’s very smartly arranged and curated. There are hands-on and captivating displays for children, too. We feel like we saw some beautiful things AND learned a lot about the rich cultural & artistic history of Cape Ann. (BTW - free admission for service members)
Written July 3, 2021
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Laura S
3 contributions
Fantastic!
May 2021
Great selection of art and fishing history. Small museum but packed in a lot. Loved the Folly Cove designers room.
Written June 24, 2021
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Frederick W
Baltimore, MD13 contributions
Excellently curated!! A real show case for the town.
Jun 2021
Well worth the visit. Cape Ann has long been an artist colony and has the oldest harbor in America. The exhibits reflect both.
Written June 19, 2021
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Wingearsheek Beach
Gloucester21 contributions
Artists of the Seafaring world
Sep 2020
Exhibits about Gloucester history, every detail handcrafted and or authentically preserved. It is an education for every local resident as well as tourists. You will learn about the seafaring world, ethnic customs from St. Peters Day Fiestas, to gig (dory) rowers competitions, delight in the miniature sea and land scapes artistically painted on oars hand painted by exceptionally talented locals and world renown artists. Several floors of alcoves and walls of outstanding images to enjoy along with native birds and habitats. Family worthy A+.
Written November 16, 2020
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Mark P
Swampscott, MA1,884 contributions
Fine Small Museum
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a nice museum focused on artists with connections to Cape Ann, along with local maritime items. This is a well curated museum with a number of nice items in its permanent collection, and generally offers interesting exhibitions.
Written March 8, 2020
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Cape Ann Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM