Cahoon Museum of American Art

4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA 02635 - United States





Located in the beautiful seaside village of Cotuit, Cape Cod, the Cahoon Museum of American Art is the area’s most innovative art museum, bringing contemporary art and history to life in relevant ways. The Museum creates a conversation between old and new by cultivating art from contemporary artists who engage connections to New England’s heritage and the wider story of American art. Visitors of all ages can enjoy art that expands knowledge and enriches the spirit.

The Cahoon Museum regularly features rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, art programs for families and adults, creative community events, and an annual art auction. Its collection of American art spans the 18th century to the present. Each year the Cahoon presents approximately 11 shows, including exhibitions of local and regional arts that represent a wide range of art across time and media.

The Museum is open March through December, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $10 adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under and members. Parking is available on site.


Currently featured exhibits at the Cahoon Museum of American Art include "Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse" and "Duncan Johnson: Under Construction." From 2 to 4 pm on September 18, visitors will be able to meet both Ethan Murrow and Duncan Johnson in the Museum at an artist reception.

Acclaimed artist Ethan Murrow’s "The Greenhouse" features a panoramic wall drawing that spans 75 feet of the gallery. Murrow and a team of artists used high flow acrylic paint and refillable pens to create the mural. Depicting a massive fallen oak tree, the drawing was inspired by old growth forests that once existed on Cape Cod and is a cautionary reference to the effects of colonization and development of the area’s natural environment. Two other Murrow drawings are included in the exhibit.

"Under Construction" by Vermont artist Duncan Johnson is part of the Museum’s Cahoon Contemporaries Series and includes a display of wall assemblages created by using colorful reclaimed wood gathered from construction sites and landfills. Aspects of sculpture, drawing, and painting converge as Johnson selects, shapes, and combines wood strips, and then meticulously fastens them together with a matrix of fine wire nails. His intricate and colorful compositions maximize the inherent beauty and quality of the wood in his unique art form.

Visitors will also enjoy "The Blue Trees" installation by artist Konstantin Dimopoulis on the Museum lawn and the popular and highly collectible folk art of Ralph and Martha Cahoon, for whom the Museum is named. Bring friends, enjoy lively conversation, pick up something at the Museum Shop, and have a great time!

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