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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  • As a local it was interesting to see paintings that depicted Gloucester many years ago. From documenting historical fishing boats and docks to the people that manned them was very cool.  more »
  • The Cape Ann Museum has a rich collection of Cape Ann art and many exhibits onCape Ann history (local granite, Portuguese fishing and Festa, light house prism light. many famous local artists, Folly C...  more »
  • If you want a glimpse into the history and art of the Cape Ann region, then I would suggest experiencing the Cape Ann Museum. Take the gallery tour to get a sense of the museum, it lasts about 1 hour.  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

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