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Cape Ann Museum

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Address: 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
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+1 978-283-0455
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to a single...

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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Fitz Henry Lane Paintings

The paintings in the Cape Ann Museum by Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester native, are national treasures. Lane captured the mysteriousness, and terror of the sea, veiled by beauty and... read more

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The paintings in the Cape Ann Museum by Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester native, are national treasures. Lane captured the mysteriousness, and terror of the sea, veiled by beauty and maritime detail.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very well run museum filled with the works of local artists from the past as well as current. Many artifacts, maritime history and local lore. Conveniently located within walking distance to other parts of Gloucester. Close to restaurants and the Pleasant Street Tea House. Well worth a visit.

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ssi georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While staying in Rockport, MA, in mid April 2017, the weather turned rainy. We were too early in the season for the typical summer activities and shopping, so we took the short drive to Gloucester. We had heard that the museum was a good place to go. We parked our car, shopped a bit (Adrian Shoes - great), crossed the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely maritime museum chock full of the history of the area & the lives of fisherman & their families - and indeed, the part they played in the economic & social construction of America.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A combination of locally centric art with a surprising world reach. Easily enjoyed in a one hour stop or for a longer visit. Many talks and tours and active programs, depending on day. Centrally located in walkable Gloucester. Small but useful and unique gift shop. So glad I found this gem.

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Rye, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to see a special Charles Movalli exhibit. It's a nice little museum, with several lithographs and oil paintings by Fitz Henry Lane, some sculptures, historic New England furniture and boats, wood carvings, other artists' works -- overall, a nice place to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

I've only visited the Cafe Ann Museum 2 times since its major renovation, but I continue to admire the excellent improvements. The Museum is truly a jewel in Gloucester's crown. The art is truly first rate and there is more to see & learn about the rich cultural history of the region there than you can possibly see in one... More 

Thank NEPilgrim
Gloucester, MA
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Varying exhibits from paintings to the life in this fishing port. Specialty exhibits change regularly.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Did not know what to expect when we went last week, but found a terrific small museum housed in a modern building suited well for permanent and temporary exhibits. There are docent tours every day (often at 11AM) that last about an hour. You get the highlights and then have time to wander on your own. The permanent art collection... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The National Geographic supported Kodachromes that Nathan Benn shot in the late 70s was a wonderful exhibit. They even had several copies of the NG magazine around that featured the shots. I also enjoyed Voicing the Woods, which was an exhibit of mostly keyboard instruments that had been designed by Jeremy Adams. I also joined a tour (late) that explained... More 

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