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Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Its collection focuses mainly on artists and artist colonies from the Cape Ann area of the state, and the history of Gloucester as a fishing and trading port.


The museum was founded in 1875 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association. The present name was adopted in 2007.


The highlights include:

  • The largest collection of Fitz Henry Lane maritime and landscape paintings
  • A scale model of Gloucester port in the 19th century
  • The Cape Ann dory used by Alfred Johnson to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1876
  • The original Thacher Island Fresnel lens
  • Sample books, display hangings and other artifacts by the Folly Cove Designers
  • Works by Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Cecilia Beaux, Frank Duveneck, John Sloan, Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis.

Captain Elias Davis House

Captain Elias Davis House, built in 1804 by a successful sea captain, contains much of the Museum's furniture and decorative arts collection. Many of the objects in the house belonged to Elias Davis and his descendants. The house is adjacent to the main museum galleries and 6 of the 12 rooms are open to the public.

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