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

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
Movement @ the Museum
  • Open to families of all ages, this free family program will get kids and their guardians moving around the gallery to see and experience art in a new way.
  • Thursday Jul 11, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: Sol Y Canto
  • The CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission.
  • Thursday Jul 11, 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
Second Saturdays: Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents
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
Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Students will enjoy a new Art & Sensory activity each week to explore their creativity through the fun of using many different art materials.
  • Thursday Jul 18, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: MIX UP MIX UP
  • he CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission.
  • Thursday Jul 18, 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
Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Join instructor Sarah Brown to kick-off the Gloucester Culture Splash afternoons with Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10.
  • Thursday Jul 25, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: Jambalaya Horns
  • The CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission
  • Thursday Jul 25, 2024
Waterfront Reflections: Gloucester’s Harbor Village Walking Tour (New)
  • A walking tour that looks at changes in Gloucester’s Harbor Village as it advanced from the home of a few to the workplace of many during the late 18th to early
  • Friday Jul 26, 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 Jul 27, 2024
Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Join instructor Sarah Brown to kick-off the Gloucester Culture Splash afternoons with Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10.
  • Thursday Aug 1, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: The Rainbow Splash Variety Show
  • The CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission
  • Thursday Aug 1, 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).
  • Friday Aug 2, 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 Aug 3, 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 Aug 4, 2024
Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Join instructor Sarah Brown to kick-off the Gloucester Culture Splash afternoons with Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10.
  • Thursday Aug 8, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: The Surnames
  • The CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission
  • Thursday Aug 8, 2024
Waterfront Reflections: Gloucester’s Harbor Village Walking Tour (New)
  • A walking tour that looks at changes in Gloucester’s Harbor Village as it advanced from the home of a few to the workplace of many during the late 18th to early
  • Friday Aug 9, 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 Aug 9, 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 Aug 10, 2024
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Saturday Aug 10, 2024
Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Join instructor Sarah Brown to kick-off the Gloucester Culture Splash afternoons with Art & Sensory for Ages 3 – 10
  • Thursday Aug 15, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?
  • The CAM Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. The Museum will be open with free admission.
  • Thursday Aug 15, 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 Aug 16, 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 Aug 16, 2024

Rep/Contact Info

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