• At this time, all upcoming events are canceled. We are also postponing our Season Opening. We look forward to announcing a new opening date soon!

As a non-profit organization, we rely on museum admissions, Museum Shop purchases and donations to support all our efforts.  While we wait to open for our 45th Season, here are some ways you can support us now:

    1. Join Our Membership: Beginning on opening day, all new member applicants will enjoy a 14-month membership for the price of 12-months!  Members have unlimited access to our general exhibits throughout our season. Additional benefits include members-only discounts, access to special programming, and private rentals.
    2. Gift Certificates Gift certificates may be used towards your next guided tour through the castle, special events, or purchases in our museum shop.
    3. Donations: Buttress the Castle’s Walls! One time or monthly donations are a great way to support new programs as well as ongoing restorations!
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About The Museum

Hammond Castle Museum is a unique treasure on the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was constructed between the years 1926 to 1929, by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. to serve as his residence. Its architectural style is that of a medieval castle, and was custom built to encompass his private collection of artifacts spanning from ancient Rome through the Renaissance.

Visitors are welcome to explore the many rooms of the castle with its medieval architecture and artifacts, as well as enjoy the beauty of the castle grounds and view of the Atlantic shore line. In addition, the Museum offers a number of educational programs and prearranged tour opportunities for school and tour groups.

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Photograph courtesy of: Scott Vining

Visiting the Castle

 We are currently closed for the winter and monitoring the Covid 19 situation closely. We have postponed our opening day and will set a new date as the health threat subsides.  

Our regular season has been expanded!

April-Opening Date to Be Determined.

May through October:  Daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

During July and August, Candlelight Tours and Spiritualism Tours are available on Thursday evenings.

 November and December: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.


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Photo courtesy of: Alison Cali

Private Rentals

The unique ambiance of Hammond Castle, so quaintly nestled on Gloucester’s rocky Atlantic coast, is the perfect setting for that memorable event.  What began as a dream by Dr. John Hays Hammond, Jr., and as a wedding present for his bride is still here today.

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Corporate Functions

Corporate rentals, such as award dinners, clambakes, and small meetings are excellent ways the Hammond’s home continues the tradition established over the years when notable celebrities, scientists, musicians and world leaders met here to enjoy the Hammond experience.

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