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Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

(4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Varying exhibits from paintings to the life in this fishing port. Specialty exhibits change regularly.  more »
  • 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 (of...  more »
  • 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 enjo...  more »
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  • This is such a great museum for such a small town. There are lots of Asian artifacts dating back to the times when Gloucester was trading directly with Asia. There is a whole room of paintings by Gloucester artist, Fitz Hugh Lane, as well! There are many pieces of art from the fishing industry, but my favorite piece in the museum is one of Walker Hancock's studies for his sculpture for the Pennsylvania Railroad WWII Memorial.
  • Rich and eclectic collection. Painting includes single biggest Fitz Henry Lane collection; Marsden Hartley, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, an AMAZING riff on the goddess Diana by Umberto Romano. Giant Fresnel lens fills a whole room, amazing. A Harborfront diorama made for the 1892 Columbian exhibition.
  • Wonderful small museum with local flavor. Lots of beautiful art works by Fitz Henry (”Hugh") Lane and others. Worth a visit!
  • Nice combination of local contemporary art, older art (many beautiful paintings by Fitz Hugh Lane), and dioramas and artifacts highlighting Gloucester's seafaring history, including the sloop that was used in the first solo Atlantic crossing.
  • It's well worth navigating the sometimes perplexing streets of Gloucester for this take-in. It takes this Culture Vulture at least an hour and a half to " do " the museum, which is a must-see for fans of marine art in general and the work of American luminist Fitz Henry Lane (aka Fitz Hugh Lane) in particular. For the tourist intent on making every minute of his/her vacation count, there are nearby a number of intriguing shops--like the American Ship Model Gallery, recently relocated from Salem--and several restaurants. And it's a short drive from the museum neighborhood to the North Shore Art Association as well as the Rocky Neck Art Colony.