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Cape Ann Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Overall amazing!

The Cape Ann museum is a great place if you're new to town, have lived there for years, or even if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gloucester, Massachusetts
A wealth of things to explore

This is a special place, curated with extreme sensitivity in a fascinating way. There are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York
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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...more
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27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cape Ann museum is a great place if you're new to town, have lived there for years, or even if you're just visiting. The layout is easy to follow with a lot of information and history to absorb. There is no doubt you will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a special place, curated with extreme sensitivity in a fascinating way. There are paintings, extraordinary lighthouse lenses, carved boat prow figureheads, diaries of settlers, and much more. A very comfortable place, and not crowded.

Thank Gibraltarfan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Come to this museum as the first thing that you do when visiting Cape Ann. It will place everything else you see in perspective. The museum encompasses the fishing industry, the granite quarrying, a little natural history, fine art, local contemporary art, the artist communities,...More

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has some fabulous paintings of the old masters of marine art. They depicted the history of the Grand Banks in living colour. The museum has some great models of schooners and dory’s as well as old artifacts from the times when fishing was...More

Thank suewademan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful museum that combines art and history. Has a lot of history of the fishing industry that Gloucester is known for. Fascinating and well laid out. Also had beautiful paintings and sculptures not related to history. Has 3 floors of exhibits with elevator -- fully...More

Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the free 1 hour overview tour at 2 PM on a Sunday. This was a great introduction to the museum however the docent forgot to take us to the attached colonial house which one can only see on tour. This was a disappointment....More

Thank stonewell
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

The museum and gallery features artists with a local connection. There are many fine portraits, maritime scenes and other exhibits with real boats, an actual Fresnel lens and historical movies. Highly recommend it for anyone who likes to understand the history of the Cape Ann...More

Thank Dorotockeys
Reviewed 9 September 2018

I had seen mention of this museum, so I wandered over after an afternoon sail. I was delighted, as it was free admission that day...and had a bit of time before the commuter rail departure. This museum is a completely tucked-away treasure with lovely pieces....More

Thank o2bcre8ive
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Great small museum with such a wonderful selection of Gloucester history. You'll learn things you never knew even if you've lived here your entire life. Beautifully curated - I wouldn't miss it.

Thank rescueadog
Reviewed 3 August 2018

It didn't say on their website, but we got in free being vets. I'm glad as I don't feel it would have been worth $12. There's nothing wrong with it, but having been in small museums all down the east coast I would consider this...More

Thank Don 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!
Jim O
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!