Photograph courtesy of: Dale E. Martin

Visiting the Castle

Hammond Castle Museum is open to the public primarily during the summer season. This begins on Saturdays and Sundays in May, from 10 AM to 4 PM, with the last tickets sold at 3:30 PM. Beginning in June and extending through September 2nd, we are open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM, also with the last ticket sold at 3:30.  For the month of September we are open on the weekends only, both Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM.  We are closed on Mondays and National Holidays.

TOURS:

Self Guided: Our daily visitors typically take a self-guided tour. Admission tickets are purchased in the gift shop inside the front door, where you will obtain a 16-page brochure of the museum featuring a centerfold map showing the castle interior and grounds. This brochure is keyed to the suggested route through the building. 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 to Hammond that he work at night and sleep during the day, which Hammond adopted.  Domestic staff, frequent overnight guests, and even Hammond’s wife 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 nights during the months of July and August. Guides will show you the rooms the Hammond frequented and tell stories about how Irene Fenton Hammond and her husband 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, and are offered at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 P.M.  Come and immerse yourself in that lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight.

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.

Admission fees:

Adults $12.
Senior Citizens (65 yrs +) $10.
Children (ages 6 to 12) $9.

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