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Weddings, Rentals and Professional Photography

Nestled on Gloucester’s rocky Atlantic coast, the Hammond Castle Museum is the perfect setting for your wedding or other memorable events.  The building that began as a vision of John Hays Hammond Jr. to showcase his vast collection of Medieval and Renaissance artifacts continues to inspire and educate all who visit here.

Wedding and Event Rentals are still available for the 2020 / 2021 season.

Full Wedding Rental Structure

  • 3 Hour Minimum – 5 Hour Maximum
  • Monday – Thursday: $900.00 per Hour
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday : $1,250.00 per Hour

The rental fee includes 20-minute educational tours for your guests, specific pieces of furniture and décor for your use, and separate rooms for the Bride and Groom throughout the event.

The Bridal party is welcome to arrive at our Seasonal closing time (4:00 pm) for Pre-Ceremony photographs. 

A one and a half-hour set up and a half-hour break down is provided free of charge to your vendors and a half-hour ceremony rehearsal is offered if the wedding takes place on-site.

A nonrefundable $1,000.00 deposit is required to secure your desired date, which is deducted from the total rental cost, the balance being due one month before your event.  Payment plans are available.

Services & Capacity

  • Indoor Ceremony: 95
  • Outdoor Ceremony: 150
  • Indoor Reception: 95
  • Outdoor Reception: 150


Presenting the Petite Wedding Event

Our new Petite Wedding offers you the opportunity to host an intimate wedding ceremony with your closest family and friends. You will have exclusive access to the Museum, Ocean lawn and gardens for your ceremony and photographs. As a fully functioning museum with regularly scheduled hours, all event rentals begin after the closing hour during Seasonal hours of operation.  Presently the maximum number of guests permitted is within the social distancing guidelines which going forward are subject to change. For further information and availability, please call (978) 283-2080 or complete the form below.


Professional Photography Sessions

Professional photoshoots require approval from the museum and requests must be submitted no later than one month before your desired date. The rental fee of $300.00 per hour grants you access to both the interior and exterior of the Museum. Photography dates and times must be approved by the museum before your arrival. 

To check availability, please call (978) 283-2080 or complete the form below.


Choosing a historical venue is a meaningful way to introduce your guests to a place of significance as well as to contribute to its preservation. In exchange, the Hammond Castle Museum gives you a most memorable experience to enhance your own personal history.