Home of the Essex River Cultural District, Essex, Massachusetts offers arts and cultural attractions that celebrate the town’s rich shipbuilding and maritime heritage as well as its reputation as an antiques mecca. Two historic museums have fascinating stories to tell: Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, and Cogswell’s Grant folk art museum. Contemporary artisans create pottery, sculpture, hand-blown glass, paintings, jewelry, furniture and more – exhibited at artists’ studios and local shops. Fine art is featured in antique and specialty shops housing collections ranging from vintage goods to fine American and international furnishings and accessories.
Take in scenic vistas of the Essex River, Great Marsh, woodlands and wetlands on properties of the Greenbelt, Manchester Essex Conservation Trust, and The Trustees of Reservations. Art and cultural events are held throughout the year including Art in the Barn, Essex Police Department Car Show, Essex ClamFest, and the Historic Essex Walking Tour. Narrated river tours, live music at local restaurants and special lectures and programs add to the enriching experience of this coastal New England destination. VisitEssexMA!