Why teach Cape Ann? First a home to Native Americans, then colonized by Englishmen in 1623, later a preeminent seaport in Age of Sail and recently an untypical artists’ colony – a long human drama has transpired here. In our galleries, students make connections across disciplines; across social, political, and economic ways of life, schools of thought, and past and present.
Our permanent collection and changing special exhibitions tell the stories of America’s oldest seaport from the perspective of artists, laborers, patrons, and the land itself.
Cape Ann Museum aims to make the art, history, and culture of Cape Ann relevant to young visitors. We recognize that metacognition – what we know of others and ourselves – is altered and deepened by access to the humanities. That’s why we offer free admission, monthly art workshops, and low-cost vacation weeks to all visitors under 18.
We welcome school groups from preschool to university. Before you visit, we listen to your curriculum goals and design a guided tour which compliments student interests. To get a sense of what's on offer, explore our Collections and Exhibitions or take a virtual tour.
Field trips are booked year-round, Tuesday through Friday, with at least three weeks' notice. For information and scheduling call Cape Ann Museum’s Education Department at (978) 283-0455 x16 or submit a reservation request form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engage your students with CAM’s high quality classroom resources.
→ Judith Sargent Murray Classroom Activities
→ Fitz Henry Lane Online
→ Timeship for Kids Cape Ann Museum's history magazine for kids. Download past issues here.
→ Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900
→ Exhibit student art at CAM
→ Portrait of a Place: A History of Art on Cape Ann
Periodically we partner with Essex Heritage to offer Professional Development opportunities. For updates, sign up for our weekly e-blast.
Admission is free for MTA members!