Fodor's Expert Review Hammond Castle Museum

Gloucester Castle/Palace

Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr., credited with more than 500 patents, including remote control via radio waves, built this structure in 1926 to resemble a "medieval" stone castle. The museum contains medieval-style furnishings and paintings, and the Great Hall houses an impressive 8,200-pipe organ. From the castle you can see Norman's Woe, the rock made famous by Longfellow in his poem "The Wreck of the Hesperus." In July and August, unique "Spiritualism Tours" are an additional option on Thursday night (for an extra fee), with discussion of topics like the Ouija board, spirit photography, séances, and the science behind Spiritualism. Note: the museum is not wheelchair accessible. Parts of the grounds are free to visit.


Quick Facts

80 Hesperus Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts  01930, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $20, Closed Jan. and Mon.–Thurs. in April, Nov., and Dec.

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