Hammond Castle Museum April Vacation Events

Hammond Castle Museum To Offer Educational Programs During April’s School Vacation Week

 Gloucester, Massachusetts – Hammond Castle Museum will offer three days of events to entertain and educate school-aged children during the week of April 19th to the 23rd, better known as April vacation. The events are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 20th:  Knights and Ladies: The History of Heraldry

This program will be offered in two sessions: 11 am and 1 pm.

This educational and hands-on introduction to the history of heraldry is geared towards 5-8 year olds. After a short introduction to heraldry, attendees will design their very own coat of arms using symbols and colors that represent each of them individually.   Following will be story time with a book inspired by medieval life.   Adults are $20, Children are $10. Available seats are limited. We do ask, given covid capacity restrictions, that only one adult accompanies each group of children.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

  • Wednesday, April 21st:  The History of the Medieval Arms & Armor: The Knight

This program will be offered in two sessions: 11 am and 1 pm.

This educational program for middle schoolers will explore the role of arms and armor in the life of the medieval hosted by our enthusiastic experts-in-residence Scott Cordiner, former Museum curator, and John Leysath, curatorial director. Adventurous kids can learn how arms and armor were used and see real life examples. On display will be a number of helmets from the medieval to the Renaissance periods, as well as many other pieces that would typically have been used in that timeframe. This presentation will answer questions about the weight of armor, its durability, and why medieval knights had at least three different types of armor.  Available seats are limited. Adults are $20, Children are $10.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

All of the programs offered during the 2021 season are intended as fundraisers to support the on-going restoration efforts to preserve the nearly century old Castle and Museum for generations to come.  Tickets for these events and for general admission, guided tours throughout the season are available at hammondcastle.org.

About Hammond Castle

John Hayes Hammond, Jr. was a prolific inventor who was mentored by Edison himself! A passionate traveler, Hammond had a deep love of all things European and historic which is reflected in this feast-for-the-eyes home with gems in every corner.

Hammond’s medieval-style castle was built between 1926 and 1929 on a steep hill overlooking the Atlantic ocean in Gloucester, MA. The house features a renaissance dining room, round library, a War room, secret passageways and even an indoor pool with a “weather control” system that Hammond could set whenever he felt like swimming in the rain. The house was an expression of all things that Hammond loved, and his behavior showed it. A joyous Hammond was known to leap cannonball style from a second story window into his courtyard pool.

Hammond Castle Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is not handicapped accessible. The Museum offers guided tours and numerous educational and cultural events throughout its season. It is also available for private and corporate rentals year-round. For more information, please contact Hammond Castle Museum at info@hammondcastle.org, 978-283-2080 or visit www.hammondcastle.org to purchase tickets.

Hammond Castle Museum
80 Hesperus Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930

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