Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

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The Rockport Art Association & Museum is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Associ-

ation has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 90 years. Each year the RAA&M welcomes thousands

of visitors from all over the world.

In 1921, a small group of artists attracted by the beauty and hospitality of Rockport, founded the Rockport Art

Association in the studio of the late Aldro T. Hibbard, NA. The RAA&M was established as an artist cooperative

and social gathering place for artists and art lovers. On July 12, 1929 the Rockport Art Association & Museum found its

permanent home at The Old Tavern building, 12 Main Street. Built in 1787, the building was originally a sea

captain’s house and over the years it has also been an inn, a tavern and a stage coach stop. The Maddocks barn

gallery also dates back to the mid-1700s and its history is reflected in the old wooden beams and sliding barn

door.

The RAA&M continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding, the Associa-

tion has steadily increased in size and currently includes approximately 300 artist & photography members

(selected through a jury process), and 400 contributing members.

By promoting year-round programs of classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach,

as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA&M remains dedicated to its mission of making fine art appre-

ciation accessible to all.
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  • We entered what looked like a small building, only to find that there was a very large exhibition space in a separate building behind the entry. There was a juried show while we were there, and the wo...  more »
  • The city breathes art! Several workshops, beautiful shops, all very tasteful! The city is quiet but gets packed on the weekends!
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  • I had a great time in Rockport i would love to go back this summer. Right by the ocean.
  • A great location in Rockport Massachusetts to see local art and visiting exhibitions of other local groups. The association also features workshops, demonstrations, talks and special functions. A great place to discover wonderful art

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