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“What a treasure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum
Ranked #6 of 52 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
West Chester, PA
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159 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“What a treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Beautiful art and wonderful maritime museum. View lovely seascapes and learn about the working seaport and quarry.

Visited August 2012
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English first
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A real gem, don't overlook this place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Outstanding collections and exhibits, walking distance to downtown and the waterfront, very helpful and pleasant staff. Much more to see and learn from that one might expect.

Visited September 2011
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Bite sized”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I enjoyed taking a spin through here. It was small but easily digestable. The museum itself was user-friendly, and the collection covered a pretty wide variety. There was a good chunk of Fitz Hugh Lane and his 19th-century contemporaries but more of the museum was newer art- including a nice temporary exhibit if local artists.

1 Thank dalzay
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New York City
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely Little Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

High quality museum with lovely collections! Historically important artist relevant to Cape Ann area. Very special.

Visited July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Tucked away, small but powerful museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

The museum is very well-designed and conceived, so you can see a lot and learn a lot without being overwhelmed. The museum honors the maritime history of Gloucester--but also does a fabulous job highlighting the significance granite quarrying played on Cape Ann. That exhibit was sobering and stunning--to see the artifacts, tools, and original photos of men quarrying granite.
Their collection of paintings, especially those of New England painters, is admirable. I believe they have the most extensive collection of Fitz Henry Lane paintings--those are beautiful stories in and of themselves. Outstanding museum.

Visited June 2012
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