Candlelight & Spiritualism Tours

Candlelight & Spiritualism Tours

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Thursday Night Candlelight Tours: Following the advice of mentor Alexander Graham Bell, John Hays Hammond Jr. conducted the majority of his work in the evening. While this put Hammond at odds with the rest of the inhabitants of the castle – including his wife Irene – he concluded that working throughout the night and sleeping during the day positively impacted his work as an inventor. 

With this in mind, “Candlelight tours” are offered Thursday evenings during the months of July and August. Guides will escort visitors through the castle’s many rooms, placing an emphasis on the Hammonds themselves and the time that they spent in their castle home. Visit and immerse yourself in the lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight.

Thursday Night Spiritualism Tours: The American Spiritualism Movement enthralled America’s upper and middle class during the late 19th and early 20th centuries – John Hays Hammond Jr. and his wife Irene included. Both Hammonds took an active role in the movement, contributing to the body of work vastly in different ways. In honor of their involvement and interest in psychic capabilities, we offer the Spiritualism Tour.

Spiritualism Tours are offered alongside our Thursday Night Candlelight Tours Program during July and August with a separate admissions process. These special tours delve into the history of the American Spiritualism Movement and the culture that formed around it, as well as the contributions of both Hammonds. We will discuss cultural phenomenons such as spirit photography and séances as well as the more scientific aspects of the movement such as Hammond’s research in ESP. 

Thursday Evening Picnics:  We are pleased to offer guests with Thursday evening Candlelight Tour tickets the opportunity to picnic on our ocean-facing lawn starting one hour prior to the ticketed time. Reservations are free but required in order to access the lawn. Guests will need to adhere to a strict carry-in and carry-out policy as well as social distancing guidelines.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have developed a Code of Safety in an effort to maintain the health and wellness of all our guests and staff while offering a safer, enjoyable experience. Before purchasing your tickets, please view our policy below. 

At this time, we are offering a hybrid of a guided and self-guided tour to facilitate timed movement through the museum. In keeping with the Massachusetts State Reopening Regulations, the number of guests permitted in the Museum at any given time is strictly limited. Visitors are required to purchase timed tour tickets in advance of their arrival as tour tickets will not be sold on premises. Each tour group is limited to 20 guests.  Tickets grant access to the interior of the Museum for a period of approximately 60 minutes. 

Check in begins 15 minutes prior to the ticketed tour time.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate late arrivals. If you miss the start of your timed tour, you will not be able to join another tour at another time. Please note: all ticket sales are final, refunds are not offered, and exchanges for other tour times are not permitted.  Heavy Summer traffic should be considered when planning your travel time.   




Code of Safety

We ask that all visitors adhere to our new Code of Safety for admission to the Museum. Visitors compliance with these provisions is essential to preserving the safety and wellness of both visitors and staff.
  • If you are feeling unwell and displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell, please refrain from visiting until you and everyone in your household is well.
  • If you have had close contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive, please refrain from visiting until you are confident of your own health and wellness.
  • Face masks are required at all times while in the Museum and while on the Museum grounds. They should be worn to the CDC guidelines covering both your nose and mouth.
  • Please be mindful to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself and other visitors who are not members of your own household.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your timed admission to allow enough time for the check-in process.
  • Please be respectful of and adhere to the facilitated, timed movements throughout the Museum.
  • Please be mindful, Hammond Castle Museum is not handicapped accessible.
  • Be kind to each other and to our staff as we all adjust to a new way of presenting the Museum.