We are temporarily closed while we prepare for our annual

Halls Of Darkness

which begins on October 11th.

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.

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Halls Of Darkness: Fears And Phobias

Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns?  Join us on Fridays and Saturday nights in October and face your fears within our walls! Park your vehicles at the only sanctuary for the evening at Stage Fort Park (IF YOU DARE) and join your fellow victims on a bus ride to the museum of your nightmares! Admission: $15 per person, available only at the door. PG13.

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Photograph courtesy of: Scott Vining

Visiting the Castle

Hammond Castle Museum is currently closed to the public as we prepare for our Hall of Darkness Halloween program. Group tours are still available, reservations are required and may be made by calling 978-283-2080. Our regular tour season beings again in the Spring when we will reopen for daily tours. Check back in the new year as we will be announcing some exciting new exhibits and programs. 

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. The Museum is open to the public from May through September.

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Photograph courtesy of: Troublemaker Photography

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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Photograph courtesy of: New England Weddings
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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Special Events

Each year the Hammond Castle Museum hosts special events that other locations cannot match. Imagine Halloween in a gothic style castle, or attending a musical concert in the great hall or ocean front lawn, and viewing premiere films.


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