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“Museum in Gloucester”
Review of Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum
Ranked #5 of 61 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We thought the fee to get in $10 was quite fair. The art is amazing and we enjoyed the furniture. What I like is there isn't someone follow you around every minute like some museums. We never felt rushed. There were seats in many spots which my mom had to take use of often. If in town and its cold or overcast and you like art definitely go to Cape Ann Museum. Our favorite was the historical pieces of memorabilia and we had wished for me.

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Reviewed 24 April 2013

Local history abounds here from the foley cove printing women to smuggling and the immigrant fisherman from various countries. Three floors of well done memoribilia but small children would be bored. It is a small museum but very well done and should be appreciated by local history buffs

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

This small museum is well worth a visit. It contains historical exhibits as well as a wide range of art related to Gloucester.
An extremely nice way to spend a rainy hour or two in Gloucester!

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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Well laid out, comprehensive and interesting. I really enjoyed the scale model of the harbour and the Folly Cove block prints were beautiful. The fee at $10 is not cheap but woth it if you give yourself enough. Time for a thorough look around.

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The Cape Ann Museum is Gloucester and Cape Ann's gem of a place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy getting up close to the history of this oldest fishing community in America, established in 1623! There are exhibits of fine furniture, paintings, Paul Revere silver, many Fitz Henry Lane marine paintings, many fishing exhibits including the small craft that Johnson sailed solo -- twice -- across the Atlantic Ocean. There is something here for everyone at quite an affordable price. Oh, and a very nice, small gift shop with local books and crafts.

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