AAA Editor Notes
Cape Ann Museum is at 27 Pleasant St. This combination art and historical museum consists of several galleries that include collections of decorative arts and American antique furniture; paintings by Jerome Elwell, Susanna Paine, Gilbert Stuart and Alfred Wiggin; 19th-century toys and dolls; granite quarry artifacts, tools and historical photographs; carved jade; and Paul Revere silver. Among the collection of maritime artifacts is a 10-foot-tall, circa-1861 Fresnel lens from the Thacher Island Lighthouse Towers.
The museum is said to house the largest collection of paintings and works on paper by Fitz Hugh Lane, a native of Gloucester, who gained fame as a luminist maritime and landscape painter. The 1804 Captain Elias Davis House affords visitors an opportunity to glimpse into the lifestyle of a sea captain's family in early 19th-century New England. Changing exhibits relating to Cape Ann also are offered throughout the year.
Note: Photography and videotaping are not permitted inside the museum.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.