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Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

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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, 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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The town prides itself on maintaining a quaint New England charm. Many inns and rental properties offer views, or accommodation in historical red-brick buildings. Some accommodations have only a few rooms, so book ahead to ensure you get the room of your choice.
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  • We went to the Cape Ann Museum thinking that it was going to give us a lot of history about the local area before we went on a whale watching trip; however, after we paid the admission fee, we quickly...  more »
  • Having been to dozens and dozens of museums, large and small, around the world, I can honestly say that the Cape Ann Museum is one of the best I've ever visited in the small museum category. It has a ...  more »
  • The paintings in the Cape Ann Museum by Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester native, are national treasures. Lane captured the mysteriousness, and terror of the sea, veiled by beauty and maritime detail.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Wonderful permanent collection. GREAT historical pieces and lots of knowledge.
  • A small but very informative Museum. Well worth seeing.
  • Free today. Included the St. Peter's Fiesta history films. A gem of a museum featuring Cape Ann artists and artifacts.
  • Nice local artist, 3 floors, can view in about an hour