Holidays at Museums of Cape Ann

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MCAC - Museums of Cape Ann Collaborative

Sharing Cape Ann's Heritage Together

MCAC works together to help foster interest in the wonderful heritage of Cape Ann. This collaborative consists of museums in all 4 Cape Ann towns. All these sites are on or very close to the Essex County Scenic Byway. Scroll down to learn more from each of these wonderful sites.

Essex - Cogswell Grant, Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Manchester - Manchester Historical Museum
Gloucester - Annisquam Historical Society, Beauport - the Sleeper-McCann House, Cape Ann Museum, Hammond Castle, Magnolia Historical Society, Maritime Gloucester, Sargent House Museum, Schooner Adventure
Rockport - Rockport Art Association & Museum , Sandy Bay Historical Society & Museum

Additional participating heritage partner -
* Rowley Historical Society


Coswell Grant

A must-see for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. The colonial-era farmhouse is a rich backdrop for their celebrated collection, assembled over nearly sixty years. Though known for their research, the Littles decorated with an eye for visual delight rather than historical accuracy. Their home is rich in atmosphere and full of strong, even quirky character.

Closed for the Season

Cogswell's Grant
A property of Historic New England
60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass. 01929
Phone: 978-768-3632
Email: [email protected]


Provides a center for education, preservation, and study of traditional wooden shipbuilding and the community that supported it for more than 350 years.

Shipyard open dawn to dusk,
QR codes throughout the site guide you from exhibit to exhibit

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
Phone: 978-768-7541
Email: [email protected]



Exhibit – 2021 Fall Art Show and Sale
Tues- Fridays (10-3) through November 12
Closing – Saturday, November 13 (10-1)

Family Program – Harvest Fun (Library)
Saturday, November 13 (10:30 – 12)

Lecture – Slavery on Cape Ann with Lise Breen
Wednesday, November 17 (7pm) at Sacred Heart Parish Hall


Holiday Open House Weekend
Friday, December 3 (10-8)
Saturday, December 4 (10-2)
Sunday, December 5 (2-4)

Holiday Open House continues
Tuesday – Friday, December 6-10 (10-3)

Family Program – Holiday Fun (MHM Hall)
Saturday, December 11 (10:30-12)


Self Guided Tours
We have 3 self guided walking tours and mobile tour app available to download.
Link to Tours

Manchester Historical Museum
10 Union St., Manchester - by - the - Sea, MA 01944
Phone: 978-526-7230
Email: [email protected]

Manchester HIstorical Museum logo


Anisquam Historical Society sign

The Annisquam Historical Society (AHS) collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts and data reflecting the history and traditions of the village of Annisquam and its community. The AHS collection is housed in the old Firehouse, Deluge 8, located near the village center.

While the AHS Firehouse will not be open to the public this fall and winter, individuals who are interested in researching topics or persons related to the history of Annisquam can request an appointment by email.

All those who request appointments for research in the Firehouse must be vaccinated for Covid-19. We encourage you to look in our Online Resources for articles, videos and historic documents that tell the history of Annisquam, its people, and its traditions.

Annisquam Historical Society
7 Walnut St, Gloucester, MA 01930
Email: [email protected]


Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited.

Closed for the Season

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
A Property of Historic New England
75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978–283–0800
Email: [email protected]


Cape Ann Museum
Art ∙ History ∙ Culture

The Cape Ann Museum has two locations open for visitors with
the following viewing hours:

Main Campus at 27 Pleasant Street
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

CAM Green at 13 Poplar Street
Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A few highlights of our offerings are summarized here. Please
explore our website for the most up-to-date list of events .

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions

Library and Archives Now Open to Visitors
Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Main Campus
Starting the week of September 14th, 2021, the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives will resume regular operations at 27 Pleasant Street. Appointments outside these hours are also available. Please email [email protected] or call 978-283-0455 x119. Find more information here .

Quilted Together: An Exhibit of Community Portraits
September 24-November 5 at the Janet and William Ellery James Center, CAM Green
For over a year, the Cape Ann Museum has been collecting self-portraits from Cape Ann residents that will be displayed in a grid to form a tapestry. They will be on view along with community quilts by Clara Wainwright and by participants in the Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program.
Find more information here .

Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies
October 30-February 13 at the Main Campus
The growth and continued national significance of two of New England’s oldest and most revered summer art colonies will be featured with works by artists who have visited and been inspired by both locations. Among them are Theresa Bernstein, Walter Farndon, Eric Hudson, Margaret Patterson and Charles Movalli. Read more about the exhibition here .


Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum
Main Campus: 27 Pleasant Street
Cape Ann Museum Green: 13 Poplar Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-0455
Email: [email protected]

Hammond Castle and Museum

Knights, Maidens & Moor: Broadway at the Castle
November 5-7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (From: $35.00)

Fall Movie Series: Robin Hood with Peter Krasinski
November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ($20)

Fall Movie Series: Highlander: 35th Anniversary Showing
November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ($15)

Deck The Halls Holiday Celebration -
November through December, Friday through Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Santa Returns to The Castle
December 17

Adults $18
Senior Citizens (65 yrs +) $15
Children (ages 5 to 12) $10
Children ages 4 and younger are free but require a ticket

Hammond Castle
80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-2080
Email: [email protected]

Hammond Castle
Magnolia Historical Society

MHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to collect, preserve, share & teach the beautiful, almost 400 years of Magnolia History, from its original name of Kettle Cove to its common name of Magnolia. MHS is also the cultural center of Magnolia.

"Preserving Magnolia's past, celebrating the present and embracing her future"
Research requests through email

Magnolia Historical Society
46 Magnolia Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-525-3311
Email: [email protected]


The mission of Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.

Sun, Nov 07
David Tory Lecture
Hear excerpts from David Tory's recently released book titled Exploration: the Stanfield Chronicles

Deck The Docks - December 2-5
Featuring local artists and art work for viewing and sale
Holiday Shop by the Sea featuring unique gifts and one of a kind treasures
Christmas Tree & Wreath sales

Saturday, Dec 4, Family Day - Crafts, Demonstrations, Pop Up Shop
Please visit as we continue to add fun, family friendly activities to this exciting weekend!

Go to website for more details

Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0470
Email: [email protected]

Sargent House

Closed for the Season

Sargent House Museum
49 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-2432
Email: [email protected]

Schooner Adventure

Closed for the Season

Schooner Adventure
Post Office Box 1306, Gloucester, MA 01931
Phone: 978-281-8079
Email: [email protected]


Rockport Art Association logo

Mon, Nov 1, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Sun, Dec 5, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Thu, Nov 11, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Fri, Nov 26, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Wed, Dec 1, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Fri, Dec 31, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Thu, Dec 2, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Fri, Dec 31, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Sat, Dec 4, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Fri, Dec 31, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Sat, Dec 11, 2021 (10:00 AM) - Fri, Dec 31, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street, Rockport, MA, 01966
Phone: 978-546-6604
Email: [email protected]

Sandy Bay Historical SOciety Building

Sandy Bay Historical Society & Museums

November 15:
Twin Lights Tonic - Cape Ann’s Timeless Soda presented by Paul St. Germain
Spiran Hall (Broadway) 7pm

December 5:
Holiday Open House
Sewell-Scripture Museum 3-5

Sandy Bay Historical Society & Museums Inc
40 King St., Rockport MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-9533
Email: [email protected]

Other Heritage Partners

Rowley Historical Society

Rowley Historical Society
Open by appointment. Please email your request to visit.

Rowley Historical Society
233 Main Street, Rowley, MA 01969
Email: [email protected]