Cape Ann Museum
Cape Ann Museum
4.5
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 - 4:00 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.
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  • Emccded
    Indianapolis, Indiana90 contributions
    A brilliant introduction to Gloucester.
    A remarkably wise and concise integration of history, industry and community through art. While many of the designs, styles and artists may not be familiar to visitors from outside the northeast, they both shaped and reflected the culture of this compact region, which attracted and nurtured talent from the entire nation and beyond. The Cape Ann Museum is an ideal stop midway through your introduction to the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Karen L
    Ashland, Massachusetts119 contributions
    An artistic gem
    An artistic gem packed in amongst Gloucester’s vintage homes and close to Main Street shops, restaurants, and cafes. We were drawn here because of the Edward Hopper exhibit (WOW!), celebrating his works from Cape Ann, but the works of local artists shine here. Friendly helpful docents make this experience something you do not want to miss! Public parking (kiosks available-0.25 an hour!) across the street and on side streets.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Anita G
    Reading, Massachusetts133 contributions
    Get to know Cape Ann with art
    The Cape Ann Museum is a little gem of a regional art museum. We were drawn here for our first visit by the Edward Hopper exhibit, for which you need a timed admission ticket; once you enter you can spend all of the time you wish savoring the oil and watercolor of Hopper during his visits to Cape Ann. Don't miss his wife's self-portrait and the fascinating story of their relationship. In the permanent collection are historic artifacts of the fishing and mining communities. I particularly enjoyed a display of tools from the Granite quarries that were numerous in the Cape Ann area. Don't miss the dramatic Fritz Hugh Lane seascapes on the first floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • PhilosophicalOldGuy
    Charlotte, North Carolina600 contributions
    Nice little museum, deserving 3.5 out of 5. Good traveling Hopper exhibit
    My wife and I visited this museum on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-September 2023. A traveling exhibit of the works of Edward Hopper was there, and we traveled here expressly to see that exhibit. This is a small museum, with three floors. They have nice, but not outstanding, holdings, although we did enjoy ourselves as we walked the entire museum. In terms of maritime holdings, this museum seems strong, and its holdings were well displayed. The Hopper exhibit was good, although it had fewer of his oil paintings and more of his sketches. That said, those sketches showed the evolution of his style, and we came away MUCH better informed. The exhibit was chronologically displayed, although it was difficult sometimes to figure out which way to walk the gallery to stay in order. Attendance was crowded, hence the use of timed entry. We got a much better feel for Hopper's relationship with his wife, Jo, and we got to see her work as well. While we did not like her work as much as his, we recognize that Hopper's fame may well be due to the efforts of Jo, who gave up her career to manage his. We'd say the museum itself gets a 3.5, since without the Hopper exhibit it might not have drawn us in. Be sure to see the sea monster statue at the door!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan931 contributions
    A nice collection of Cape Ann artists!
    While on a New England roadtrip in September, we visited the Cape Ann Museum to see the Edward Hopper and Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape. We've visited the Edward Hopper House museum in Nyack, NY as well as seen seen other Hopper exhibitions and works during our travels. The exhibit was most interesting, especially to be able afterwards to walk about the town and see some of the sites Hopper painted. Since CAM is a museum of American Art, we walked through every gallery and nook and cranny to see the nice array of art by local and regional artists in their Maritime and Fisheries Galleries, the Fitz Henry Lane Gallery, and more.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
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AnnTravelsALot
Austin, TX338 contributions
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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PhilosophicalOldGuy
Charlotte, NC600 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited this museum on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-September 2023. A traveling exhibit of the works of Edward Hopper was there, and we traveled here expressly to see that exhibit. This is a small museum, with three floors. They have nice, but not outstanding, holdings, although we did enjoy ourselves as we walked the entire museum. In terms of maritime holdings, this museum seems strong, and its holdings were well displayed.
The Hopper exhibit was good, although it had fewer of his oil paintings and more of his sketches. That said, those sketches showed the evolution of his style, and we came away MUCH better informed. The exhibit was chronologically displayed, although it was difficult sometimes to figure out which way to walk the gallery to stay in order. Attendance was crowded, hence the use of timed entry. We got a much better feel for Hopper's relationship with his wife, Jo, and we got to see her work as well. While we did not like her work as much as his, we recognize that Hopper's fame may well be due to the efforts of Jo, who gave up her career to manage his. We'd say the museum itself gets a 3.5, since without the Hopper exhibit it might not have drawn us in. Be sure to see the sea monster statue at the door!
Written October 4, 2023
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bluelapis125
State College, PA46 contributions
Nov 2022
I've visited Cape Ann twice now in the past 2 years and I've been to the CAM both times. I love museums and this place is just a treasure! I have become a big fan of Fitz Hugh Lane and this museum showcases him and others like him. If you are into the history of Cape Ann, fishing, boats and gorgeous art, then definitely check this place out. Cute little gift shop too, with some wonderful gifts for yourself and others!
Written November 17, 2022
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John M
7 contributions
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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Karen L
Ashland, MA119 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
An artistic gem packed in amongst Gloucester’s vintage homes and close to Main Street shops, restaurants, and cafes. We were drawn here because of the Edward Hopper exhibit (WOW!), celebrating his works from Cape Ann, but the works of local artists shine here. Friendly helpful docents make this experience something you do not want to miss!
Public parking (kiosks available-0.25 an hour!) across the street and on side streets.
Written August 25, 2023
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Mae Stroshane
4 contributions
May 2022
You'll see beautiful works by Cape Ann artists in painting, photography and sculpture. They have fascinating historical displays and an interesting short video about the workers in the famous stone quarries. Downstairs there's are fascinating bronze sculptures of basketball players. Currently there's a Judi Rotenberg exhibit of dazzling colors.
Written May 6, 2022
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aldeneastro
Edison, NJ7 contributions
Jul 2022
A local artist in Rocky Neck recommended a visit, and the tip was well worth it. Local art from the past centuries along with special exhibits that feature local themes. The exhibit on family owned fishing boats was especially interesting.
Written July 13, 2022
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We are so happy you stopped in! We often change shows to keep fresh but still have our wonderful collection. We hope you visit again!
Written July 22, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fransfromrockport
21 contributions
Jul 2022
Great collection of Fitz Hugh Lane paintings. Great room with Gloucester history; fishing industry, boats, pictures. Plus rotating exhibits, usually contemparary art. We always bring visitors to this museum as it is so typically Cape Ann.
Written July 7, 2022
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Thank you for continuing to visit us and bringing guests for a new experience! In the summer months check out our new space the CAM Green located at 13 Poplar St. It is open Friday- Sunday and usually has one exhibit.
Written July 22, 2022
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Emccded
Indianapolis, IN90 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A remarkably wise and concise integration of history, industry and community through art. While many of the designs, styles and artists may not be familiar to visitors from outside the northeast, they both shaped and reflected the culture of this compact region, which attracted and nurtured talent from the entire nation and beyond. The Cape Ann Museum is an ideal stop midway through your introduction to the area.
Written August 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI931 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
While on a New England roadtrip in September, we visited the Cape Ann Museum to see the Edward Hopper and Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape. We've visited the Edward Hopper House museum in Nyack, NY as well as seen seen other Hopper exhibitions and works during our travels. The exhibit was most interesting, especially to be able afterwards to walk about the town and see some of the sites Hopper painted. Since CAM is a museum of American Art, we walked through every gallery and nook and cranny to see the nice array of art by local and regional artists in their Maritime and Fisheries Galleries, the Fitz Henry Lane Gallery, and more.
Written October 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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