The Cape Ann Museum is for Kids!

Children and familiies enjoy a story reading in the Youth Activity Room at the Cape Ann Museum.

At the Cape Ann Museum we believe that instilling a sense of pride in place at a young age contributes to the creation of a stable and solid foundation for children ... plus it's a lot of fun! Here are just some of the many ways you and your child can explore the Cape Ann Museum:

  • Imagine yourself aboard one of the Museum's actual sea-faring vessels—perhaps you'll choose the 18-foot covered boat used in the first solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1876), or maybe the fully outfitted Grand Banks dory is more your style. Either way, your imagination is sure to soar.
  • Get a sense of life on the docks as it was over 100 years ago through a visual exploration of the room-sized scale model of Gloucester's working waterfront, constructed for the 1892-93 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
  • Discover the tools and artifacts of Cape Ann's granite quarrying industry and find out what it took to get those huge chunks of rock out of the earth and onto ships in the harbor in the early days of the industrial revolution.
  • Learn about the past by studying the landscape paintings of Fitz Henry Lane, the painted portraits of Susannah Paine, and the sculpture of Geoge Demetrios ... to name just a few of the highly regarded artists represented in the Museums collections.
  • Find inspiration in the beautiful printed fabrics created by the Folly Cove Designers, a group of local craftsmen formed by beloved children's book author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton (The Little House, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) and marvel at the gigantic "Acorn" press they used to make their works of art.
  • Unwind and relax in the outdoor sculpture garden and nearby park and let the kids burn off some excess energy.


Family Fun Day at the Cape Ann Museum

CAM Activity Center

Consider it your home base while you're here. Located on the lower level of the Museum, the Activity Center is a warm and welcoming place for kids and families to stretch out. The rule here is hands on ... spin the ship's wheel, take a turn at the butter churn, challenge yourself with mazes and puzzles, color, trace, print, create, draw, sketch or simply get lost in a book. You can come and go as you like and return as often as you want.


The Museum is committed to developing collaborative programs in partnership with local educational organizations. Recent collaborations include: Cape Ann Arthaven, Cape Ann Partnership for Children and Families, Cape Ann Public Schools, Eastern Point Day School, Endicott College, Gloucester Education Foundation, Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, Maritime Gloucester, Montserrat College of Art, Pathways for Children, Rockport Music, Salem State University, Sargent House Museum, Schooner Adventure.

Located in downtown Gloucester, CAM is the ideal destination for a morning or afternoon adventure.