Cape Ann Museum
Founded in 1813 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Museum, the Cape Ann Museum celebrates and preserves Gloucester's art, history and culture. It features art galleries, numerous historical artifacts on display, a library and archives, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes, one of which—the White-Ellery House—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum boasts the largest collection of paintings and drawings of local artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), whose paintings of marine landscapes garnered him worldwide recognition. The museum also has a library and archives, which contains thousands of items comprising books, deeds and photographs.
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