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Private Rentals and Professional Photography

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

Areas comprising the rental include the captivating Great Hall, the Renaissance Dining room, the Courtyard and the Oceanside lawn, which all serve as picturesque settings, each with their own elegance. This unforgettable and dramatic venue adds a tranquil element to any occasion while offering a breathtaking backdrop for your photos to last a lifetime.

As you will be using a fully functioning museum with regularly scheduled hours, all event rentals will start after closing hours during our Seasonal hours of operation. Choosing a historical venue is a meaningful way to introduce guests to a place of significance, as well as to contribute to its preservation.

The rental fee includes one-half hour of rehearsal time if a wedding ceremony is scheduled at the Museum.  It also includes two hours in which to set up, and one-half hour to break down the event. Function set-ups start after 4 PM, and allows for the arrival of the caterer, lighting and sound set-up if any, and the delivery and placement of floral decorations. Wedding party and guests may arrive after 5:30.  If your photographer requires more time to prepare for the bridal shoot, our Functions Manager should be consulted.

We also offer Corporate Rentals as an opportunity for your employees and customers or clients to enjoy the same seaside venue.


Rental Fee

(3 hour minimum)
Interior and Lawn – Saturdays:  $1,000.00 an hour
Sundays thru Fridays may be booked at a reduced rental fee.


Indoor/outdoor Ceremony
Indoor/outdoor Reception


Indoor ceremony – maximum 120 guests
Outdoor ceremony  – maximum 120 guests
Indoor reception – maximum 90 guests
Outdoor reception – maximum 120 guests

You might also inquire about holding your rehearsal dinner or other related parties or functions at the castle. To reserve a date, you must sign a rental contract and submit a deposit. The balance will be due one month prior to the date of the event.


Professional Photography Sessions at Hammond Castle Museum

Professional photography sessions require prior approval from the museum.  The site rental fee is $250.00 per hour and grants accesses to both the interior and exterior of the museum. Photography dates and times must be submitted for approval five to seven days prior to the desired date.


We look forward to working with you to make your rental simply the very best in the most unique location one could conceive. For more information regarding a private event rental or professional photography session, please contact our Executive Director at (978-283-2081).

Or, if you prefer, feel free to submit some information about your event or photo session, and we will respond to you directly.