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.
The Cape Ann Museum Green off Grant Circle and the Janet & William Ellery James Center, a contemporary archival collections storage and public exhibition space, is now closed for the season. The inaugural exhibition, The Family Porch-Rait Project, featured 40 framed prints and over 200 projected images of Gloucester families taken early in the COVID-19 pandemic as a benefit to The Open Door. Images from the exhibition can be viewed here.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in the heart of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest fishing port.
Cape Ann, which lies just north of Boston and includes the city of Gloucester and the towns of Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Essex, has been a leading center for artists since the 18th century, a maritime powerhouse and the source of granite for many major building projects up and down the East Coast.
The Cape Ann Museum houses the largest collection of work 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.
In 2019 the Museum broke ground at the Cape Ann Museum Green at 13 Poplar Street in Gloucester. This new site includes three historic properties, open green space, and a newly constructed state-of-the art Collections Center that will provide expanded collections storage as well as exhibition and community programming space.
A rotating schedule of special exhibitions, related lectures, programs, guided tours and events is offered throughout the year. Visit us today to discover the treasures of Cape Ann!
Take a virtual tour of the Cape Ann Museum!