The new 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center, completed in 2020, includes 2,000 square feet of flexible exhibition and community programming space designed to reach broader audiences with new exhibits and public programs. The James Center addresses the Museum’s critical need for expanded collections and archival storage. Built to LEED Platinum standards, the James Center was designed by Boston-based designLAB and integral to the building’s environmental footprint is the installation of a 173KW Solar 2 Array system on the building’s roof.
Ample green space has been reserved at the site and will include sitting walls, lawns, and a pathway linking all buildings. New indigenous plantings have been made and an outdoor sculpture park is also envisaged.
The completion of the James Center and creation of the Cape Ann Museum Green is a critical component of the Museum’s 2018–2023 Strategic Plan and its commitment to enhance the Museum’s facilities by providing room for future collections and archival growth in the lead up to the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2025 and beyond.