Free Admission at Sargent House Museum Today Friday August 25, 2017!

The Sargent House Museum invites you to attend our Free Back to School Internship Day on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. While the event is free to the public, donations are encouraged in order to support our Summer High School Internship Program in the hopes of expanding the program in the future.

Unlike our traditional tours, the Back to School Internship Day is an opportunity for the public to explore the house at their leisure while our interns educate visitors in each room. The Summer High School Internship Program provided students with an opportunity to explore the life, times, writings, and home of Judith Sargent Murray, a pioneering advocate of women’s education and equality. That said, this event is the culminating event for the internship program which consisted of a ten-week project-based program individually designed and executed by each intern. Interns’ projects explored areas of Curatorial Studies; Photography, Media, and Collections; and Development and Event Planning.

The Sargent House Museum seeks to empower women and men, young and old, to value women’s education and equality for the benefit of the common good. We hope you will join us in support of our interns and our mission. We would also like to thank those institutions that supported the Summer High School Internship Program this summer through educational tours and programs, including but not limited to: the Folklore Theater, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Cape Ann Museum.

Sargent House Museum
49 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Fridays- Sundays, Tours on the Hour from 12:00 – 4:00 PM
p: 978.281.2432

Sargent House Museum Hosts Historic Styles


GLOUCESTER, MA –The Sargent House Museum is currently hosting eighteenth-century inspired fashion. Created for The Folklore Theatre Company’s 2015 production of “The Medium, or Virtue Triumphant” the four outfits on exhibit at the historic home are based on patterns for dresses and suits popular between 1780-1805.

Judith Sargent Murray lived in the Sargent House between 1782-1793. She wrote plays including “The Medium, or Virtue Triumphant,” one novel, and a breadth of essays, poems, and letters.  She was the first American playwright to have her work produced in Boston. A leading advocate of women’s rights, Sargent Murray deeply valued education, representation in government, and the right to work. Her pieces often focused on these issues. She enjoyed a celebrated reputation as a notable author, devoted Universalist, and friend of prominent figures such as John and Abigail Adams. The Sargent House Museum hosts remarkable examples of early American furnishings, artifacts owned by the Sargent family, and an incredible art collection including pieces by Fitz Henry Lane and John Singer Sargent. The costumes on display range from an everyday dress, to an evening gown and a wealthy man’s formal suit. These costumes were designed by Christine Curtis, Costume Designer. Through extensive research and amazing attention to detail, Curtis created these outfits worn by the actors in Henry Allen’s 2015 production. Representative of the fashions Sargent Murray would have encountered, the dresses and suit on loan from The Folklore Theatre Company will be on display this summer.

Tour the Sargent House Museum to learn more about Judith Sargent Murray’s enduring legacy and see these incredible pieces. The museum is located at 49 Middle Street in Gloucester and open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Guided tours are offered on the hour. While you’re there browse the free exhibit “’Forever Endeared:’ 100 Years at the Sargent House Museum.” Visit to learn more.