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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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Amazing art in a historical setting that's both mystical and majestic! We look forward to returning... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Patricia F
Syracuse, New York
Good visit for those artists in town

This museum is filled with artwork by local artists both living and dead. It also houses much of... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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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27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing art in a historical setting that's both mystical and majestic! We look forward to returning again and again. Every exhibition is filled with awe-inspiring work!

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is filled with artwork by local artists both living and dead. It also houses much of Gloucester's fishing and whaling history. The art work displays are changed frequently as they are in possession of many items kept in archives. The Captain Davis house...More

Thank ccgirl2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is an absolute gem. Right now it has a special exhibit running titled Rock Bound which is quite lovely and it was written up in the Boston Globe in complimentary terms. They have a wonderful collection of Fritz H. Lane paintings that are...More

Thank alden84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem. We thoroughly enjoy the exhibit of Cape Ann art & will return to see the other exhibits. The space was well designed and the exhibit worth the trip from Boston.

Thank auntbuff2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were prompted by review in one of the Boston papers on a special exhibit called Rock Bound featuring some famous American artists who have summered in Cape Ann towns of Gloucester or Rockport for a number of years. That exhibit will close Oct. 29,...More

Thank Charles D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived in E. Mass for 20 years and never visited. Four of us were attracted to the current exhibition, Rock Bound, and spent a lovely morning with a docent and then on our own. The exhibit was fantastic, runs through late October, and is...More

Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This delightful museum has done a tremendous job of preserving and displaying Gloucester's history. From items that represent living, working, it's industry, it's culture, to wonderful displays of dories and ship models....it was fascinating, intriguing and gave one tremendous insight and respect for those involved...More

Thank julia n
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you appreciate paintings of ships, the sea, basically the history of Gloucester port, this is a nice place to visit.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We arrived here late afternoon after visiting Rockport. I wish we had gotten here earlier. This is a well thought-out museum with a mixture of local historical artwork, historical artifacts, diaramas and videos. There's a little of everything for anyone to enjoy. If you want...More

Thank Mike E
Reviewed 28 June 2017

This was my second visit to the Cape Ann Museum. That was worrisome for a small place, but it did not disappoint. The woman who welcomed us was incredibly friendly and helpful. The space itself is fantastic with perfect light. And the variety of works...More

Thank Lydia T
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Steve L
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!
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!