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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
+1 978-283-0455
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Checking out the museum with my 26 year old son

The Cape Ann Museum is a treasure trove of historical and contemporary materials. Recently, they... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
oldsouls2016
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Hidden Gem in Gloucester

You are immediately surprised with the size of the galleries in what looks like a small museum at... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marty C
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Ipswich, 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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Cape Ann Museum is a treasure trove of historical and contemporary materials. Recently, they opened an exhibit on historical documents and artifacts from the contact period through the early colonial period. It was fascinating to look at Champlain's map of Gloucester and the early...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are immediately surprised with the size of the galleries in what looks like a small museum at the front door. The artists are more local. The impressionist area is a real surprise and wonderful. There are enough chairs around to sit and admire the...More

Thank Marty C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely wonderful small museum. It's range is great, from the history of Cape Ann and it's fishing industry, to incredible permanent and special art exhibits. The current Harold Rotenberg exhibit is a thoughtful thorough review of this wonderful 20th century artists work....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hidden treasure. There are great exhibitions with ties to the seaside location and the Gloucester community. I'd recommend a guided tour as you'll learn much more than you would on your own. Our docent, John, really made the museum's pieces shine.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

We were impressed with the permanent collection, which well illustrates works portraying the Gloucester area. Well laid out and lit.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

Great little museum with really well-designed and curated exhibits - we spent quite a while there enjoying the wide variety of stimulating input, from history to art to culture. Don't miss the 20-minute looping video in the fishing history room, well worth the time to...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

This museum was a surprise. It is an elegant little place with art and history of Gloucester. They explain the history of Gloucester with artifacts and local art. The local 17th century artist Fitz Henry Lane's work is abundant here. There are also temporary exhibitions...More

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a small town with a superb museum telling the story of trips to the ocean and how this fishing town grew up. Uncommonly good displays; unique artifacts; clear explanations on display with some local art work.

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

My husband and I were on a 3-day mini-vacation in Gloucester and realized that activities and venues during off-season would be limited. However, the Cape Ann Museum is open year-long, and is a gem any time of year. We enjoyed our tour with docent Elizabeth...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

This is a quiet and comfortable museum, and you could spend a long afternoon there. We especially enjoyed the Folly Cove Design exhibit - what a national treasure that is! The other exhibits were also well organized and easy for a non-artist to appreciate. Whether...More

Thank David L
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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!
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ljo769
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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!
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