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Cape Ann Museum

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Address: 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
Phone Number: +1 978-283-0455
10:00 - 05:00
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Sun 01:00 - 04:00
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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Parking is available across the street. This well put together collection shows some aspects of the lives of those who depend on the sea. I particularly enjoyed the photograph... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is available across the street. This well put together collection shows some aspects of the lives of those who depend on the sea. I particularly enjoyed the photograph exposition of the local people (just every day folks) which depicts an amazing amount of information, just by looking at the pictures. Also the lighthouse and the original Fresnel lens remind... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great are and great history, under one roof. The museum has wonderful collections of Cape Ann artists' work, and also displays interesting historical artifacts. One of my favorites is an actual Fresnel lens from a local historic light house. It's huge! Quite amazing, and displayed dramatically, with a video to explain. Just one of many goodies in this museum. Good... More 

Thank Eddie01931
Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found parking directly across the street from the entrance and had a great time exploring the museum. Friendly staff.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cape Ann Museum strongly emphasizes local culture, and thus it's a good place to learn more and see more, if that is your interest. The larger part of the museum is devoted to painting, and the larger part of that to one painter, Fitz Henry Lane, the most prominent native Gloucester artist. I'm very fond of Lane, so I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is not a rush through place. Well, you shouldn't rush through. This museum has a wealth of history and needs time to be appreciated. Worth the price of admission.

Thank nanagrace
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Here is a museum of the size that I like: something that can covered completely in an hour or so, has a limited focus and accomplishes its goal. This is a beautiful little museum that tells the history of the Cape Ann area with special emphasis on whaling and the lives of the ordinary people of that occupation. The lighthouse... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This lovely museum has an extensive collection of materials portraying Gloucester's maritime history, as well as a nice array of work from the many artists attracted to the lovely light on Cape Ann. If you are interested in any of these topics, make plans to visit and allow at least 2.5 hours for the visit.

Thank Barbara P
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This museum has been around for as long as I can remember, a great amount of history can be experienced by taking a slow walk around all the exhibits, for many people in town they would probably not even know that some of these events happened a good place to look back in time

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum, and wish we had more time to explore it. It contains a wealth of history, art and artifacts, and really helped us to get a sense of the place that we were visiting. We went on a guided tour, led by a volunteer docent named Hazel, which was wonderful. At this time... More 

Thank lauranda
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Cape Ann Museum opened in a renovated building a couple of years ago and other than the 2nd floor Gloucester sea and fishing exhibit, it's top notch. The exception is the fresnel lens from Thacher Island, which is stunning. They recently announced that they would be reworking the sea and fishing room so hopefully that will result in a... More 

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