Cape Ann Museum

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Museums / Historic Sites

About Us

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, and artifacts from the major industries of the area - the fisheries and granite quarrying.

Founded in 1873 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, today the Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes.

In addition to its permanent collections, the Museum offers a rotating schedule of special exhibitions throughout the year as well as related programs and events.

Visit us today to discover the treasures of Cape Ann.

Images

Fresnel lens
Exterior view
Museum lobby

Events

Castagnacci: Notes from a Quarry
Cape Ann Copley Society Artist in Residence Demonstration
Library Discussion: T.S. Eliot’s New England Roots
  • This Library Discussion is provided in association with Eliot’s Gloucester, an installation in the CAM Library & Archives from September 20 – October 9, 2022
  • Saturday Oct 1, 2022
Hopper Paintings Around Portuguese Hill Walking Tour
  • Explore the specific sites in the area of Gloucester known as Portuguese Hill depicted by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Saturday Oct 1, 2022
Historic Dogtown: A Walk Back in Time
  • This tour will take you down the main roads of this early settlement, to meet some of the people, see where they lived and hear their stories.
  • Sunday Oct 2, 2022
Bones of Homes Walking Tour
  • This walking tour provides participants with an architectural overview of Gloucester building styles
  • Sunday Oct 2, 2022
Hopper Paintings Around Portuguese Hill Walking Tour
  • Explore the specific sites in the area of Gloucester known as Portuguese Hill depicted by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Saturday Oct 8, 2022
Fitz Henry Lane in Gloucester Walking Tour
  • Delve into the 19th century on this tour through the neighborhoods and waterfront areas that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane.
  • Sunday Oct 9, 2022

Rep/Contact Info

Oliver Barker
Director
Lisa Dale Jones
Executive Assistant & Communications Liaison