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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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History not taught in school

This is a lovely maritime museum chock full of the history of the area & the lives of fisherman... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Gainesville, Florida
Unique local museum with broad reach

A combination of locally centric art with a surprising world reach. Easily enjoyed in a one hour... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
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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 4 May 2017

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 4 May 2017

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....More

Thank JamyMadeja
Reviewed 30 April 2017

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...More

Thank NHjo
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...More

Thank NEPilgrim
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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

1  Thank Laurie388
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...More

1  Thank MHS7560
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...More

1  Thank JCVan1988
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This was my second visit to this museum. (I would have sworn I reviewed it some months ago, but apparently not.) It's fairly small in size, but large enough to easily engage a visitor for half a day. Most of the facility is devoted to...More

1  Thank aBoater
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Cape Ann Museum has an exquisite collection of beautiful paintings, sculpture and photographs as well as history of Gloucester Sea Life and the many fascinating subjects it touches. My husband was so excited to see the giant Fresnel Light (from a Lighthouse) on display. There...More

1  Thank picklesnap
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Well lighted, well designed and creatively curated. The collections includes notably respected New England artists, stunning photographic collections and an historic room with Gloucester memorabilia. The changing exhibits are always worthwhile as are the guided tours.

1  Thank LoisH75305676
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Steve L
Is Cape Ann open on Veteran's Day?
6 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!
Do you provide laundry service for guests?
2 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!