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

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
CAMTalk: Exhibition Series Cecilia Beaux’s Green Alley Days
  • Enjoy a look into Cecilia Beaux’s Green Alley Days with Sylvia Yount inspired by the special exhibition Women Artists on Cape Ann 1870-1970.
  • Saturday Aug 10, 2024
CAMTalk: History Series Discover Cape Ann: Mapping Our Natural Heritage
  • Explore Cape Ann’s stunning natural resources, presented by local environmental scientist and cartographer, Dr. Kim Frashure.
  • Sunday Aug 11, 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
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 22, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: Alexandra Grace
  • 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 22, 2024
Walking Tour: Public Sculpture Stroll
  • Join the Cape Ann Museum for a guided walking tour of Public Sculpture in downtown Gloucester.
  • Friday Aug 23, 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 23, 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 Aug 24, 2024
CAMTalk: History Series Creating the Vessels of Slavery Project
  • In this panel discussion, the artists will discuss the process and thinking behind the public history project Vessels of Slavery
  • Saturday Aug 24, 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.
  • Saturday Aug 24, 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 Aug 29, 2024
CAM Courtyard Concerts: The Clement Brothers
  • 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 29, 2024
Captain Elias Davis House Tour
  • The Captain Elias Davis House, located in Gloucester’s downtown neighborhood, was constructed between 1799 and 1804 and has been the headquarters of the Cape An
  • Friday Aug 30, 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.
  • Saturday Aug 31, 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 Sep 6, 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 Sep 6, 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 Sep 7, 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.
  • Saturday Sep 7, 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 Sep 13, 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 Sep 13, 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 Sep 14, 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.
  • Saturday Sep 14, 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 Sep 15, 2024
Hopper's Houses Walk
  • Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967).
  • Friday Sep 20, 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 Sep 20, 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 Sep 21, 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.
  • Saturday Sep 21, 2024

Rep/Contact Info

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