Game Night Tonight & Free Community Event with Jambalay Horns Tomorrow Night at Hammond Castle Museum!



Game Night & Release of the Hammond Naval Warfare Game


Tonight: Friday, Nov. 25th
5pm – 10pm
Drop In/Drop Out
$15 Admission


Be one of the first ever to play Hammond’s 1912 board game: Hammond Naval Warfare and be entered for a chance to win your own game set! Bring your friends for a night of tabletop gaming as we celebrate the introductory release of the Hammond Naval Warfare game. We will also have a wide variety of other great games for players, available on a first come, first serve basis, including: Dixit, Risk, Fluxx, Munchkin, Chess, We Didn’t Playtest This At All, Settlers of Catan and The Oregon Trail Card Game & more. 

Visit our YouTube channel to watch the Hammond Weekly: Board Games episode to learn more about the Hammond Naval Warfare game. 

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Holiday Lights & Illumination Celebration with the Jambalaya Horns 

Tomorrow: Saturday, Nov. 26th
5:30 – 8pm
Performance begins at 6pm.
Free Event


Local-favorite the Jambalaya Horns10(6.8%)kicks off the season of light and hope with joyous holiday favorites here at Hammond Castle Museum, starting at 6pm. (This concert will be held outdoors, in front of our 12th and 13th Century Arches. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside, in the Museum’s Great Hall.) Holiday lights will be cast upon our majestic castle and romantic arches, creating a magical holiday scene across the Museum grounds. Guests who wish to peek into the Hammond’s historic home to see the Great Hall decked out for the holidays are welcome to do so. Please note: Not all portions of the Museum will be open to guests. Guests will only have access to the Great Hall and rooms leading down to the Great Hall.

This program is free and open to the public and sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Join Us on Friday, November 25th for Game Night!

Join us on Friday, November 25th for a historic night of tabletop gaming and be one of the first to play “Hammond Naval Warfare.” Patented in 1912 by our founder, inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. “Naval-War-Game Apparatus” (renamed Hammond Naval Warfare) is an early precursor to the popular naval combat game, Battleship by Hasbro Gaming. For the first time, this tabletop game is available for play! And, all attendees will have a chance to win their own set!

Doors open at 5pm and gaming goes until 10pm. Bring your friends and stop by for an hour or stay the whole time!

Tickets available at: bit.ly/3TCI9yh

UPDATE: Postponed until May 5 & 6 Broadway Returns To Hammond Castle Museum!

Join us as Hello Friends Productions premiers Once Upon A Time, an original review of beloved Broadway show tunes and popular songs that capture our imaginations. The first half features great music from shows such as Sunset Boulevard, Man of La Mancha, Legally Blonde, Shrek the musical, Hadestown and Finding Neverland. And in the second half, get ready as they present a modern day retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella told with popular hits from the 50’s through today. Starring Bobby Kerrigan, Kelly Murphy, Thom Smoker, April Foley, Becky Penner Ruccio, Crystal VanArtsdalen, Tom Edmonds, Andrew Hankinson and Sean Murphy. They are sure to have us all laughing, toe tapping, and singing right along! Parking is free. Premier Seating $30, General Admission $25

Tickets at: https://bit.ly/3eGXwqz

Trick Or Treat At Hammond Castle Museum on October 27th

What better place to trick or treat than at an old seaside castle? We have everything you need to ignite your child’s imagination: a drawbridge, spiral staircase, and a Great Hall
We will have spooky music, multiple trick or treat stations inside the castle and bubbles, snacks, spooky stories and a craft at the 13th Century arches. You bring the scary costumes.

Timed Trick or Treat sessions will last approximately 15 minutes with five treat stations set up within the Castle starting on our drawbridge and leading into the Great Hall. The program will conclude with bubbles, a craft, spooky stories and snacks outside at the Arches.

*This ticket grants you access to the Trick Or Treat event. At the time of this event, the Museum will be closed to tours. If you wish to tour Hammond Castle Museum on the day of the ticketed event, Self-Guided Tour tickets may be purchased in the Museum Shop at a 20% discount. Last tours begin at 2pm. Proof of purchase of the Trick or Treat event will be required.

All proceeds from this program will support the restoration and preservation of the 13th century, French cloister archways which are located at the front of the museum. Reservations available at: bit.ly/3g5ZqBv

Calling All Young Inventors!

Join us this Sunday for a fun, STEM program at Hammond Castle Museum, the home of one of the nation’s greatest inventors of his time!

Check-in will begin at 12:30 and the program will begin at 1pm.
*This program is geared to children in late elementary school and early middle school grades.

Inventing has changed a lot over the last century since our founder, John Hays Hammond Jr. began his illustrious career, but many of the fundamentals remain the same. Hammond Castle Museum is delighted to partner with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in presenting a new event: Inventors Day.

The event is inspired by one of Hammond’s inventions: “Seleno,” the world’s first robotic dog, which was controlled by a beam of light. During this two hour-long STEM program, competitors will group into teams with the goal to construct their own light-controlled robot. Each team will be given a robot kit to assemble as well as additional components and electronics to modify and improve upon the core design. The teams will then compete in a series of scored challenges using their robots. Each member of the winning team will receive an award and special recognition across Hammond Castle Museum’s social media platforms as well as its website. Winners also may enjoy all the bragging rights they could want as they may consider themselves a member of the Museum’s exclusive list of inventors.

Reservations & Chaperone tickets are $10 each and available at: www.hammondcastle.org.

Tomorrow: The Autumn Equinox And Psychic Readings & Spirit Mediumships

Did you know that our founder John Hays Hammond Jr. and his wife, Irene have a deep history of exploration in the spiritual realm? It’s true! The Hammonds once held séances and performed experiments with ESP in the Great Hall. In honor of their fascination and scientific studies around psychic capabilities, we are hosting an evening of psychic readings and spirit exploration! Join us as we bring together Bruce Hoskins, Red Hoskins, Amanda McElhaney, Michelle Guillemette Trahan and Julie Ann Thompson to offer readings for enlightenment, healing, and inspiration. (*Please see their bios below for more information.) They will also offer romantic relationship readings for singles or couples. This type of reading offers unquantifiable guidance and insights into your love life.

Thirty minute Individual Readings and thirty minute Couple’s Relationship Readings are both $50. Thirty minute Spirit Mediumship Readings are $65.00 each. The cover charge is $8 per guest.

Visit Hammondcastle.org to learn more and reserve your tickets!

Firebird Pops Orchestra returns to Hammond Castle Museum for a night of music from the silver screen this Friday evening!

Firebird Pops Orchestra returns to Hammond Castle Museum for a night of music from the silver screen this Friday evening!

A smaller, chamber orchestra division of FPO will perform creative existing and custom arrangements of iconic film scores on our seaside lawn. Conductor Brendan J. Kenney will lead the chamber orchestra through the sweeping, magical scores of films and tv series such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, The Avengers, Game of Thrones, The Wizard of Oz, and more!

General admission is $40. Tickets are available at www.hammondcastle.org.

As always, special event ticket holders are eligible for a 20% discount on self-guided tours prior to 3pm on the day of the ticketed event. Parking is free.

All proceeds from this program will support the restoration and preservation of the 13th century, French cloister archways which are located at the front of the museum.

Photo by CMO Photography Studios.

This Weekend Renaissance Music Returns!


The Penniless Jacks, Harper & Minstrel and the Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute and Society (L.I.A.R.S) join us on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th for two full days of medieval, Renaissance and Celtic music. During the special program, the three groups will rotate around the museum and offer multiple 30 minute performances at the Drawbridge, Great Hall, Seaside Lawn and Dining Room. Guest may enjoy self-guided tours throughout the day.

General parking for this event will not occur on premise. Please note – Free Parking will be hosted at the Gloucester High School and there will be a free shuttle running between the high school and the Museum from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on both days. Handicapped parking will be offered on-site. Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, all performances will be moved to the interior of the Museum.

Tickets at: https://bit.ly/3A1eKaj

Join us tonight on our seaside lawn as we present The Wizard Of Oz.

Every Thursday night in July, Hammond Castle Museum is hosting Movie Nights on the Lawn.
We’ve teamed up with Cape Ann Community Cinema & Helpflix to present four, family favorite films.

Doors open at 6pm, bring a carry-in/carry-out picnic and a blanket as these events are lawn seating only. Concessions will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be moved inside to the Great Hall.

Adults tickets are $20, Kids ages 5 – 12 tickets are $10 and children ages 4 and under are free. As an added bonus to Movie Night ticket holders, your movie ticket entitles you to 20% off self-guided tours of the museum on the day of the film! Just present your confirmation at the Museum Shop to purchase your discounted tour-tickets. Remember, last tours begin at 3:00pm and the museum closes at 4:00pm. Please note, the museum will be closed to tours at the time of the films. Tickets available at www.hammondcastle.org