Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

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#3 of 6 in Museums in Cape Ann
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, artifacts from the major industries of the area - the fisheries and granite quarrying, two historic houses and an extensive library and archives.
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  • When we first entered the Cape Ann Museum there were several rooms of painting and it seems like more of an art gallery than a museum. As we continued on however, we found that there were many more th...  more »
  • Love art? Go! Love (or curious about) maritime lore and history of the Cape Ann area? Go! Love boat models? Definitely go! Lover period furniture and finally want to learn the difference between Queen...  more »
  • After living in town for 8 years and hearing so much about I️t, I went for a visit with my colleague. I didn’t even know where I️t was, had driven by I️t many times. We had a great time and I️t was mu...  more »
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  • A Great museum for artwork and other pieces all related to Cape Ann. A small museum but lots to see. Parking is in a metered lot but you can go in and out of museum to feed the meter.
  • Great, clean and educational museum. My students learned a good amount.
  • A fabulous Hidden Gem in downtown Gloucester. We expected a two or three room Museum in a home. This is a major Museum facility in a modern building located over three different floors and connected to a historical home that is available for tours with a guide as well. There's a great amount of seafaring exhibits including lighthouses, boats and Marine paintings, but also exhibits related to printmaking, music-making, and photography. This Museum is on a par with the Peabody Essex Museum, but of course much smaller compared to that amazing facility.
  • Very nice museum with beautiful works by premier marine painters. Interesting history displayed of fishing industry.
  • A great museum that showcases all the ways that make Cape Ann such a special place.

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