This museum displays collections that honour the maritime heritage of the Cape Ann area, as well a great collection of art by ... More
Cape Ann Historical Museum
This museum displays collections that honour the maritime heritage of the Cape Ann area, as well a great collection of art by regional artists, including the largest collection of paintings ands drawings by Gloucester native Fitz Hugh Lane, who is now recognized as one of the preeminent American painters of the Nineteenth Century; one will also find exhibits of the works of other area artists, decorative arts, antique furniture, and a museum library with archives, photographs, and genealogical records.
Fantastic paintings, sculptures, dioramas, and artifacts. The best place to see original Fitz Hugh (Henry) Lane's intricate oil paintings of the working harbor and ocean scenes. Inspirational!
We learned all about Howard Blackburn and his many adventures, both at sea and in town. What a character! We also got a much better understanding and appreciation of fishermen.
It surprised us to find a museum of this high quality and size in such a small city. Gloucester has such a long and amazing history and this museum captures much of it. One room changes exhibits often so worth repeat visits.
Don't miss this. Gloucester is much more than the man-at-the-sea statue.
We moved to Gloucester almost 20 years ago, and had never gone to Cape Ann Historical Museum, despite driving past it hundreds of times!
When friends were visiting from out of town, and wanted to get a true taste of "Gloucester" culture and history, this is one of the places that was recommended to us.
Truly, we were stunned to find that this gem of a place was in our midst all these years! We've been back, now, multiple times.
The Museum is well kept, very clean, and contains some amazing artwork, as well as historical items. There is, in fact, an entire historical home attached to the newer Museum building! And you can request guided tours of the old home. Quite interesting!
I would highly recommend visiting the Museum. It's also quite inexpensive! Whether you're a 'local' or not, check it out.