What's Open Now

We’re Opening on Thursday, July 16th!

We’re so excited to be able to once again open our doors to the public for the start of our 45th Season! Timed tickets will be required. 

Until then, the museum grounds are open for guests to explore including the Bell Tower, Drawbridge, Look Out Point and our iconic arches. The grounds are open from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Face masks are required and social distancing should be maintained as recommended by the State of Massachusetts and the City of Gloucester. We hope you enjoy exploring our beautiful grounds! Be sure to join our mailing list to keep up-to-date on when we will open along with new programs, events, and special offers throughout the season!

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

Hammond Castle Museum will open to the public on July 16th. Advance Ticket reservations will be required.

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:

  • 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.
  • Gift Certificates Gift certificates may be used towards your next guided tour through the castle, special events, or purchases in our Museum Shop. Our Bonus Gift Certificate Offer gives you an additional $5 bonus gift certificate with every purchase of a $25 gift certificate and an additional $10 bonus gift certificate with every purchase of a $50 gift certificate.
  • 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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Photograph courtesy of: New England Weddings

Weddings and Rentals

Hammond Castle Museum offers the most romantic seaside setting for your special day. Say “I DO” in the expanse of our Great Hall or embrace while perfectly framed by our iconic arches with sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor.

Our new Petite Weddings offer you the opportunity to host an intimate wedding ceremony. You and your closest family and friends will have exclusive access to the Museum, ocean lawn and gardens for your ceremony and photography.  For more information and availability, please call 978-283-2080 or you may reach us at info@hammondcastle.org.


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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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