The Future is Now ... the Cape Ann Museum is poised to become one of the best small museums in the country—follow our progress here.
The collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, and especially its art and culture—we invite you to explore!
The Library & Archives contains books, documents, photographs and more—available to serious researchers and curious browsers alike.
The Museum's collections, displayed in an intimate and inviting setting, celebrate the rich story of Cape Ann's evolving artistic and cultural history.The fine arts collection spans the full range of art made on and about Cape Ann, and uses the Museum's Library & Archives, historic buildings and artifacts to ground that art in a powerful sense of place.
The Museum owns and maintains two historic properties: The White-Ellery House (1710) and the Captain Elias Davis House (1804). The White-Ellery House serves as a venue for a series of one-day contemporary art installations during the summer months. Guided tours of the Davis House are offered daily.
The Museum holds the single largest collection of artwork by Gloucester native, Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), one of America’s most significant 19th-century painters. In 2015, the Museum will launch Fitz Henry Lane Online, a catalogue raisonné and research tool, featuring new discoveries and scholarship surrounding Lane and his milieu.