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“An Local Gem with National Importance” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum
Ranked #6 of 52 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: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An Local Gem with National Importance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

If you want to get a taste of the culture and history of Cape Ann, this is the place to start. The Museum, rightfully upgraded from a local historical society within recent memory, offers galleries of art and local history. It is amazing to learn how many of our great American artists lived and or worked on Cape Ann, from Fitz Henry Lane to Edward Hopper. And of course this artistic tradition has continued, highlighted with exhibitions of contemporary artists, such as this spectacular Cape Ann Artisan show this past Spring. Perhaps my favorite room is the Folly Cove gallery that features work in various mediums by artists who are associated with this Gloucester village. Well worth a visit, and many more return trips.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Rebecca R
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English first
Gloucester, Virginia
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54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

The museum has interesting paintings, sculptures and other objects. We went on a guided tour with a docent. He really knew his stuff and interacted with us instead of just giving a spiel.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Will G
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Worthington, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A jewel of a museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

This museum is a visual historiography of Cape Ann. The tours are very informative and well-paced. The collection of Fitz Hugh Lane's could take a day to see, and the Folly Cover Designers exhibit shouldn't be missed.

Visited August 2013
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Bethlehem, PA
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Quiet Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

My wife and I love visiting Gloucester, Massachusetts. It's one of most unspoiled seacoast cities in America with a distinctively, salty New England flavor. You can drive along the ocean and see stunning cove after cove. Then, you can go to Main Street and have a great meal and visit real antique stores (where you can afford the things). But, best of all, in the old town square above Main Street is the venerable collection of American old master paintings at the Cape Ann Museum.
Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, John Slone...and new masters as well. The furniture and old ship exhibitions are great, too. And, it cost ten dollars a head....half what most museums cost. The building's beautiful and air conditioned.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank vicill47
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Engaging”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

Went in on a lark. Exceeded our expectations. Large, diverse, high-quality collection. You will leave feeling fully connected with the region. Worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank J R
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