Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios, Gossips (n.d.). Ink on cotton. Original Folly Cove Design. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.
Restoration of the Thacher Island First-Order Fresnel Lens, now on display at the Museum.

The Collections

The Collections

The collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, and especially its art and culture—we invite you to explore!

Library & Archives

Library & Archives

The Library & Archives contains books, documents, photographs and more—available to serious researchers and curious browsers alike.

Historic Properties

Historic Properties

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.

A Truly American Art Museum

A Truly American Art Museum

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.

Lane Collection: Ongoing Research

Lane Collection: Ongoing Research

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.

In the News

In the News

WBUR’s Andrea Shea reports on a new exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum. You can read her full story about the project here.