Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-0455

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 1875 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, today the Museum is a vibrant cultural center. The primary campus in downtown Gloucester includes numerous galleries for the display of both permanent and special exhibitions, an auditorium, a Library & Archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and a 19th century captain's house

In 2020 the Museum opened its new site—the Cape Ann Museum Green. Located at 13 Poplar Street in Gloucester, the CAM Green is designed to dramatically expand the Museum’s community, contemporary art, and educational offerings. The almost four-acre campus is home to three historic structures (the White-Ellery House, an adjacent Barn, and the Babson-Alling House); the new 12,000-square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center, which includes 2,000 square feet of flexible exhibition and community programming space; and ample green space that will include sitting walls, lawns, and a pathway linking all buildings.

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.

Driving Directions: 

Take 128 North toward Gloucester/Rockport. Drive over the Annisquam River Bridge. Take the first right off the Grant Circle rotary onto Washington Street. Follow Washington Street, pass over the railroad tracks. Take the 4th left onto Prospect Street. Take a right onto Pleasant Street. The Museum is a large white building located on the left-hand side, 27 Pleasant Street. Metered parking is available in the public lot across from the Museum.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Visiting the Museum

The Cape Ann Museum's main campus at 27 Pleasant Street is open Thursday – Sunday from 10am to 3pm with new safety precautions for social distancing, reduced capacity, touch-less doors, increased cleaning, and other measures in adherence with Gov. Baker’s Phase 3 re-opening plan. 

Advance reservations with timed tickets are required.

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restroom

Categories: 

  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
  • Partnership Grants
  • Museums