The Cahoon Museum of American Art is Cape Cod’s most unique art museum, bringing historic and contemporary art to life in innovative ways. Housed in an authentic 1782 homestead with a modern gallery addition, the Museum preserves, exhibits, and interprets an outstanding collection of American art that spans from the 1800s through contemporary art. The museum has an extensive gift shop, an exhibition study area, and offers art exhibitions, docent tours, educational programs, and special events throughout the year. The Museum provides unique opportunities to experience and appreciate New England’s cultural heritage for the residents and visitors of Cape Cod.
Founded in 1984 , Cahoon Museum of American Art is a nonprofit art museum with the mission to celebrate American art in ways that expand knowledge, enrich the spirit, and engage the heart.
I remember distinctly the moment I knew I wanted to one day have my work be seen in a museum. It was later in life for me since I didn’t pursue my own art until age 40. I was in Edinburgh at the National Gallery with my father, we were taking a reprieve from the sadness around my sister’s time in Hospice. The exhibit was a retrospective of Scottish painter Joan Eardley (1921-1963) who’s career was cut short by breast cancer. I couldn’t believe the amount of work she produced in her short life time. I left feeling moved and inspired to my core. I told my father- “I’m going to make paintings and someday I will have work in a museum like this.”
I know the Cahoon is not the Nation Gallery but it is the real deal for us here in New England. I’m pretty giddy about my work being handled with white gloves, seeing wall text blurbs about my process, being well taken care of and deeply respected by museum director Sarah Johnson and curator Annie Dean, exhibiting with top notch artists Jodi Collela and Kimberly Sheerin , exhibiting alongside a historic collection of daguerreotypes..... and most importantly, being alive to share the work with friends and family. It’s really a dream come true.
Hands on art making! Our Summer Art Series offers drop-in drawing, printmaking, painting and more for all ages.
Have you ever seen a blue tree? Community volunteers worked with artist Konstantin Dimpopoulos on his environmental art installation, the Blue Trees. Kon asks, "Can art make a difference?"
Learn more about Cape Cod folk artists, Ralph and Martha Cahoon, in their artists' studio.
Catch a guided tour and learn more about contemporary art.
Looking for volunteer interpreters to bring our art exhibitions to life. Meet people from Cape Cod and beyond. Shifts average 3 hours per week.
Join the fun! Meet artists, curators, creative people in the community at our opening receptions and parties.