Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum exhibits the nation’s largest collection of paintings and drawings by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865). A native of Gloucester, Lane is now recognized as one of America’s most important 19th century artists. The Museum also celebrates the area’s proud fishing and maritime heritage with permanent exhibition of artifacts and photographs from what was the continent’s most productive 19th century fishing port. Ongoing Education Programming: At the Cape Ann Museum we believe that instilling a sense of pride in place at a young age contributes to the creation of a stable and solid foundation for children. It is our goal to make the art, history and culture of Cape Ann accessible and available to children and their families. We strive to give our young visitors a sense of place and we firmly believe that instilling a sense of pride in one’s community at a young age contributes to creating a stable foundation for a child. It also creates a better community. Our on-going programs include: Family Fun Free Day & Saturday Showcase: The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in art, history, and cultural activities, and explore the museum using a Seek and Find. Each month has a different theme, from exhibitions to special celebrations. With Saturday Showcase we turn the spotlight on performing art, history, and culture. The day begins with a thematic presentation in the galleries, auditorium, outdoor sculpture park, or even our historic White-Ellery House. The program is supplemented with drop-in art and history activities in the Activity Center. Offered on select Saturdays. Meet Me at the Museum: Drop off your 6-12 year olds for a special class where art, history, and culture come together through gallery tours and art activities. This is perfect for families who home school. Field trips and school classes: Cape Ann has a rich history. This history is so relevant to what is being taught nationally that we’re able to provide meaningful experiences to visitors of all ages. We are easily able to put Cape Ann in the national and global context of what every other student in America is learning. Young at Art: Young at Art brings the Cape Ann Museum alive for pre-school aged students. During the program students will be read a book, explore art and artifacts while participating in a Seek and Find Scavenger Hunt, take part in a movement activity, and create their own masterpiece based on a central theme. Contact: Liza Browning, Museum Educator,, 978-283-0455 ext. 16


27 Pleasant Street Gloucester, MA 1930

Driving Directions

Take 128 North toward Gloucester/Rockport. Drive over the Annisquam River Bridge. Take the first right off the Grant Circle rotary onto Washington Street. Follow Washington Street, pass over the railroad tracks. Take the 4th left onto Prospect Street. Take a right onto Pleasant Street. The Museum is a large white building located on the left-hand side, 27 Pleasant Street. Metered parking is available in the public lot across from the Museum.

Notes & Advisories


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  • Accessible/ Wheelchair or Stroller Accommodating
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Parking Available
  • Restrooms Available