Photograph courtesy of: Dale E. Martin

Visiting the Castle

Hammond Castle Museum’s 2020 Season

The Museum will open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April from 10 am to 3 pm.

The regular season begins in May and runs through October during which time the museum will open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

During July and August, Candlelight Tours and Spiritualism Tours are available every Thursday evening.

The museum returns to a weekend only schedule for November and December and will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Please note that our museum is not handicap accessible for assistive devices such as wheelchairs and walkers. If you have questions about the museum’s accessibility, please call us at 978-283-2080 or email us at info@Hammondcastle.org.  We are closed on National Holidays.

TOURS:

Guided  and Self Guided Tours:  With admission you may choose between a guided tour or a self-guided tour. Guided Tours are available approximately every 90 minutes.

We suggest visitors plan  60-75 minutes to complete the self-guided tour which will pass through all the rooms open to the public and the surrounding grounds. The tour includes a small booklet of the museum featuring a centerfold map detailing the castle interior and grounds and presents an efficient route while providing a consistent narrative.  Before proceeding, you are encouraged to watch the continuous 12-minute video presentation in the lobby, which will introduce you to John Hays Hammond, Jr. (1888-1965) and his castle home.  During your visit, staff guides will be circulating to answer your questions.

Thursday Night Candlelight Tours: John Hays Hammond, Jr. loved the evening.  Alexander Graham Bell had suggested that he work at night and sleep during the day, which Hammond adopted.  Domestic staff, frequent overnight guests, and even Hammond’s wife, Irene Fenton Hammond,  were daytime people and frequently commented that they might go long periods where they rarely saw him.

With this in mind, “candlelight tours” are offered Thursday evenings during the months of July and August. Guides will show you the rooms the Hammond frequented and tell stories about how he and Irene enjoyed their many years living in the castle.  Guided tours are the only way to see the castle on Thursday evenings at no additional charge other than basic admission. Come and immerse yourself in that lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight.

Thursday Night Spiritualism Tours: John Hays Hammond Jr. and his wife Irene were both fascinated by the Spiritualist movement.  The Hammond’s themselves once held séances and experiments with ESP in the Great Hall. In honor of their fascination and scientific studies around psychic capabilities, we offer the Spiritualism Tour.

Spiritualism Tours are an additional tour option in the Thursday Night Candlelight Tours Program during July and August.  These special tours delve into the history of Spiritualism and its practices, as well as its peculiar connection with Hammond Castle. We will discuss topics such as the Ouija board, spirit photography, séances, and the science behind Spiritualism. We will discuss their personal involvement and experiments, as well some of the local legends that have sprung up around Hammond Castle over the past few decades.

Tours are $15 per person and tour groups are limited to a maximum of 25 people. Advanced reservations are required.

Educational Tours for School Groups: We continue to offer narrated tours for school groups of 15 pupils or more by advanced reservation. These tours last about 90 minutes. Discussions with the supervising teachers help to determine the content of the tour, which may change with the age of the pupils. In general, students will be exposed to the history of the castle and the era in which it was built, the life of the famous inventor who lived here, and his passion for collecting Old World European. During the tour they will visit a display of his commercial inventions, and be able to ask questions about the unique environment he surrounded himself. As Hammond himself would have told them, it was good “…to surround yourself with the past because you cannot change it, live every day in the present, but always think about the future.”

Group Tours: Advanced arrangements to reserve a guide for tours of 15 persons or more will be accommodated. The best way to see the castle on a scheduled visit is to book a tour. Tours will last up to 90 minutes, and visit almost every room of this amazing home by the sea. You will learn about the unique collections, the dining and lifestyle of the Hammonds, and the stories about them and their famous guests.

General Admission Fees:

  • Adults $15
  • Senior Citizens (65 yrs +) $12
  • Children (ages 6 to 12) $10

Please note that the following items are not permitted in the museum:

  • Food & open beverage containers
  • Backpacks
  • Tripods and selfie sticks
  • Strollers

 

Hammond Castle Museum is visited annually by over 30,000 guests from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.  The Museum has appeared on A & E network’s “American Castles”; PBS nationally the children’s science show “Fetch” and on SyFy Network’s “Ghost Hunters”. Over the years, the castle has also been the location for Elizabeth Montgomery’s TV show “Bewitched”, Otto Preminger’s film “Tell Me You love me Julie Moon”, and for the PBS series “Life of Christ.” The museum has also been the setting for numerous television commercials and specials.

How to reach the Castle:

Take I-95 North out of Boston to Exit 45, then route 128 North to Exit 14.  Turn right onto Route 133 to the very end of that highway, and with the ocean directly in front of you turn right onto Route 127.  Approximately 3/4 of a mile from that intersection the road will begin to narrow. Look for a blue and white sign on your left for the castle, and turn onto Hesperus Avenue. The castle is just a few blocks down Hesperus Avenue on your left.  Park in the lot off the street, and take the walkway and stairs down to the entrance.

 

Navigating the Castle