The Holidays At The Castle

For the first time in almost 20 years Hammond Castle Museum  is open for the Holidays!

Self Guided Tours are available daily from 10 am to 3 pm with the exception of December 15th when we will be closed for a special event.

We welcome the holidays with all things merry and bright! We have decked our halls partnered with: Manchester-by-the-Sea Brownie Troop 67137, All Purpose Flowers of Magnolia, Annisquam Landcare Inc., Audrey’s Flower Shop, Chapman’s Greenhouse and Harborside Interiors to decorate our halls and trim the trees!

We are  Fa La La La’ing right through to Christmas Week with a Marion Rayner art show in the Museum Shop, a play by the Gloucester High School Theater Department, concerts by Myschyffe Managed and Chelsea Berry, and even a visit or two by the man himself,  Santa Claus!

You won’t want to miss this special time at the Castle!


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We are currently offering our Deck The Halls Holiday Program. Self Guided Tours are available daily from now through December 20th with the exception of December 15th when we will be closed for a special event.

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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Photograph courtesy of: Scott Vining

Visiting the Castle

Hammond Castle Museum is currently closed to the public. Group tours will resume in November, reservations are required and may be made by calling 978-283-2080. We will reopen to the public to celebrate the holidays beginning with a Craft Fair on December 7th and self guided tours will be available through December 20th!  Our regular tour season begins again in the Spring when we will reopen for daily guided 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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