Rocky Neck Art Colony


The artistic legacy of Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane endures, as Gloucester still boasts a vibrant artists community at Rocky Neck Art Colony. In addition to the cooperative Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, there are about a dozen galleries and studios that open to visitors, as well as a couple of restaurants. Follow Main St east and south around the harbor to East Gloucester.

Pick up a map and walking tour at the Cultural Center or the Chamber of Commerce.

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1. Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

0.13 MILES

In a beautiful space overlooking Smith Cove, this cooperative gallery showcases the work of 30-plus Cape Ann artists.

2. Rocky Neck Cultural Center

0.14 MILES

Built as a neighborhood meeting place in 1877, this Carpenter Gothic building now hosts exhibits and events.

3. Maritime Gloucester


Visit Gloucester's working waterfront and see the ongoing restoration of wooden boats, watch the operation of a marine railway that hauls ships out of the…

4. North Shore Arts Association

0.39 MILES

With some 600 members, this vibrant local arts association has been hosting exhibits and performances since 1922. Visit the lovely harborside setting to…

5. Cape Ann Museum

0.52 MILES

This small museum is a gem – particularly for its paintings by Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane. Exhibits also showcase the region's granite-quarrying…

6. St Peter’s Square

0.63 MILES

Don’t leave Gloucester without paying your respects at St Peter's Sq, where Leonard Craske’s famous statue Gloucester Fisherman is dedicated to ‘They That…

7. Stage Fort Park

0.96 MILES

There are two lovely, small beaches at Stage Fort Park: the picturesque Half-Moon Beach and the more remote Cressy’s Beach. The latter is a bit of a trek…

8. Beauport

1.07 MILES

The lavish home of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper is known as Beauport, or the Sleeper-McCann mansion. Sleeper scoured New England for houses that…