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The Cape Ann Museum Day Tripper

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Liz Alton Cape Ann Museum 1Gloucester, Massachusetts is a working fishing port with a rich history located in the heart of Rocky Cape Ann. Originally settled in the 1600s, today Gloucester boasts a variety of activities from deep sea fishing to antiques and art galleries. The area’s colonial roots have blended with an influx of residents from around the world to create a diverse, vibrant seaside city. For day trippers interested in learning more, The Cape Ann Museum offers a look at the art, history, and culture of this maritime melting pot.

The Cape Ann Museum is open year round. Tuesday through Friday they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, at press time, are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Guests 18 and under are free. Included in the cost of the ticket is entrance to all the galleries and the guided tours offered at 11 a.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends.

cape ann 2The Museum is located an easy walk from Gloucester Harbor, and is accessible to the downtown area and waterfront. While the museum doesn’t have a café onsite, visitors can enjoy several dining options nearby including Passports, Ohana and the Pleasant Street Tea Company. A gift shop provides a collection of souvenirs including local crafts, artwork copies and a notable selection of hard to find books on the region.

Galleries at the Cape Ann Museum explore the area’s prominent artistic history. Gloucester’s Rocky Neck neighborhood has been home to an artist’s colony for more than 150 years. Permanent offerings include one of the nation’s most extensive Fitz Henry Lane collections, land and sea studies of the region, and 400 years of Cape Ann resident portraits. Space is also dedicated to the region’s primary industries, including fishing, quarrying and trade. One fascinating permanent exhibit explores the science behind lighthouse technology. There are also plenty of hands-on activities, so the museum is family-friendly.

For information on how to reserve dock space call the Gloucester Harbor Master at (978) 282-3012.  Other nearby options for docking include the Cape Ann Marina which can be reached by phone at 800-626-7660 or online at www.capeannmarina.com. The Cape Ann Museum can be reached at (978) 283-0455 and more information can be found at www.capeannmuseum.org. Additional information about dining, attractions and lodging in Gloucester can be found at www.gloucesterma.com.

By Liz Alton

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