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Charming, Manageable, Friendly

Pleasant little museum with locally relevant arts, crafts, and historical exhibits, a nice gallery... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Stewart I
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Worth a visit

A charming and professional museum that provides interesting background on some key aspects of Cape... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to a single remarkable place. From its earliest days as a fishing and shipping port to its mid-19th century role in the granite industry, to its singular charms of light and sea that have...more
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27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5909
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It didn't say on their website, but we got in free being vets. I'm glad as I don't feel it would have been worth $12. There's nothing wrong with it, but having been in small museums all down the east coast I would consider this...More

Thank Don L
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Pleasant little museum with locally relevant arts, crafts, and historical exhibits, a nice gallery with women artists' focus, in a good location with easy parking. Nice gift shop with friendly, knowledgeable local staff.

Thank Stewart I
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is a great take if you want to learn more about the old fishing industry. There are a few dories and lots of artifacts. Watch the short film on the quarries. There is also art work of area artists. Worth the $10 price. Parking...More

Thank travelingteacher51
Reviewed 29 June 2018

A charming and professional museum that provides interesting background on some key aspects of Cape Ann, both historically and artistically. The standing exhibits include fine works of furnishings and art, and stories of fishing and sailing. There are also rotating exhibits. It's not overwhelming or...More

Thank gig-girl2
Reviewed 20 June 2018

The Cape Ann Museum is a treasure trove of historical and contemporary materials. Recently, they opened an exhibit on historical documents and artifacts from the contact period through the early colonial period. It was fascinating to look at Champlain's map of Gloucester and the early...More

Thank oldsouls2016
Reviewed 4 June 2018

You are immediately surprised with the size of the galleries in what looks like a small museum at the front door. The artists are more local. The impressionist area is a real surprise and wonderful. There are enough chairs around to sit and admire the...More

Thank Marty C
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

This is an absolutely wonderful small museum. It's range is great, from the history of Cape Ann and it's fishing industry, to incredible permanent and special art exhibits. The current Harold Rotenberg exhibit is a thoughtful thorough review of this wonderful 20th century artists work....More

1  Thank mac0620
Reviewed 19 May 2018

This is a hidden treasure. There are great exhibitions with ties to the seaside location and the Gloucester community. I'd recommend a guided tour as you'll learn much more than you would on your own. Our docent, John, really made the museum's pieces shine.

Thank Milchior
Reviewed 8 May 2018

We were impressed with the permanent collection, which well illustrates works portraying the Gloucester area. Well laid out and lit.

Thank scelex
Reviewed 20 April 2018

Great little museum with really well-designed and curated exhibits - we spent quite a while there enjoying the wide variety of stimulating input, from history to art to culture. Don't miss the 20-minute looping video in the fishing history room, well worth the time to...More

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Steve L
7 November 2016|
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Response from ronda f | Property representative |
Yes. The Cape Ann Museum will be open on Veterans Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!
Jim O
3 July 2015|
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Response from kab0406 | Reviewed this property |
IT's an art museum...when you find a museum that also does laundry, I can't wait to read your review of the place!