The Cahoon Museum of American Art -- named in honor of Ralph and Martha Cahoon, the most famous folk artists the Cape has ever produced -- is located in their former home, the 1775 Crocker homestead. The Museum collection includes work by American artists of the 19th through 21st centuries, with holdings of Portraiture, Landscape and Maritime painting.
The notable distinction of the museum, of course, is the collection of folk painting which drew upon Swedish, Pennsylvania-German and American folk traditions. They also painted folk designs of their own invention, Ralph gravitating to scenes with sailors and mermaids, while Martha specialized in country scenes and such natural motifs as flowers, shells and birds.
Nearly 90 modernist works on paper and oil paintings survey Maril's career from the 1920s to the 1980s
Trompe l'oeil works paired with examples of historic scrimshaw
Large-scale public sculpture celebrates Cape Cod's iconic fish - the cod
Traditional materials used in unexpected ways to explore connections across cultures