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

Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester
  • Saturday May 25, 2024
Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour
  • Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Wednesday May 29, 2024
CAMTalk: History Series — How Did Gloucester’s Fish Get to Market?
  • Join CAM Docent Paul Romary for an exploration of what archival resources tell us about this overlooked facet of Gloucester’s fishing saga.
  • Thursday May 30, 2024
Gallery Tour – In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture
  • Enjoy a guided gallery tour of the Cape Ann Museum’s current special exhibition, In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture.
  • Thursday May 30, 2024
Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour
  • Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Friday May 31, 2024
Captain Elias Davis House Tour
  • This tour will share the history of the house, its occupants, and its unique interior features and historic objects.
  • Friday May 31, 2024
Harbor Views: The Paintings of Fitz Henry Lane 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 (1804-1865).
  • Saturday Jun 1, 2024
Pride Family Picnic
  • Celebrate Cape Ann Pride Weekend with the whole family through books, art, music, and sea creatures!
  • Sunday Jun 2, 2024
Gallery Tour – In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture
  • Enjoy a guided gallery tour of the Cape Ann Museum’s current special exhibition, In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture.
  • Thursday Jun 6, 2024
Ed & Jo: The Hoppers’ Views of 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).
  • Friday Jun 7, 2024
First Friday: Art After Hours — Lavender Speakeasy
  • Kick-off Pride Month at the Cape Ann Museum with the Lavender Speakeasy from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, June 7, 2024.
  • Friday Jun 7, 2024
Second Saturdays: Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Saturday Jun 8, 2024
Historic Dogtown: A Walk Back in Time Walking Tour
  • 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 Jun 9, 2024
Gallery Tour – In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture
  • Enjoy a guided gallery tour of the Cape Ann Museum’s current special exhibition, In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture.
  • Thursday Jun 13, 2024
Harbor Views: The Paintings of Fitz Henry Lane 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 (1804-1865).
  • Saturday Jun 15, 2024
4th Annual Gloucester Juneteenth Celebration
  • Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States!
  • Sunday Jun 16, 2024
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Friday Jun 21, 2024
Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour
  • Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Saturday Jun 22, 2024
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Friday Jul 12, 2024
Ed & Jo: The Hoppers’ Views of 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 Jul 13, 2024
Historic Dogtown: A Walk Back in Time Walking Tour
  • This tour will take you down the main roads of Dogtown, to meet some of the people, see where they lived and hear their stories
  • Sunday Jul 14, 2024
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Friday Jul 19, 2024
Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour
  • Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Saturday Jul 20, 2024

Rep/Contact Info

Oliver Barker
Director
Beth Brau
Lisa Dale Jones
Executive Assistant & Communications Liaison
Noelle Jones
Visitor Services
Monroe Whyburn