Important COVID-19 Policy update: Due to increasing Covid-19 cases, proof of vaccination is required for visitors 12+, ID required for visitors 18+ beginning January 13th, 2022.


For Educators

Why teach Cape Ann? First a home to Native Americans, then colonized by Englishmen in 1623, later a preeminent seaport in Age of Sail and recently an untypical artists’ colony – a long human drama has transpired here. In our galleries, students make connections across disciplines; across social, political, and economic ways of life, schools of thought, and past and present.

Our permanent collection and changing special exhibitions tell the stories of America’s oldest seaport from the perspective of artists, laborers, patrons, and the land itself.


Our Mission
Cape Ann Museum aims to make the art, history, and culture of Cape Ann relevant to young visitors. We recognize that metacognition – what we know of others and ourselves – is altered and deepened by access to the humanities. That’s why we offer free admission, monthly art workshops, and low-cost vacation weeks to all visitors under 18. 


Field Trips
We welcome school groups from preschool to university. Before you visit, we listen to your curriculum goals and design a guided tour which compliments student interests. To get a sense of what's on offer, explore our Collections and Exhibitions or take a virtual tour.

Field trips are booked year-round, Tuesday through Friday, with at least three weeks' notice. For information and scheduling please call the Education Department at (978) 283-0455 x125 submit a reservation request form to


Classroom Resources
The Cape Ann Museum offers many opportunities for children and adults to engage with the rich art, history and culture of Cape Ann. Find high quality classroom resources and engaging materials here.


Professional Development
Periodically we partner with Essex Heritage and other organizations to offer Professional Development opportunities—contact for more information.


And remember, admission is always free for MTA members!

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