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Frequently Asked Questions

 Lyman front

Now booking events for 2016 and beyond.

Please call 617-994-6672 to schedule your visit.


Q: What does the rental fee include?
The rental fee includes the use of the mansion and grounds of the estate. The rental also includes use of the tables and chairs we have onsite. 

Q. What are the maximum capacity of the Lyman Estate?
A. The mansion at the Lyman Estate can accommodate 150 guests for a seated dinner, while it can accommodate 175 for a stand-up reception. A tent placed on the grounds allows for a capacity of up to 200 guests for a seated dinner.

Q: May I have my wedding ceremony at the Lyman Estate?
Yes! You may have your ceremony outdoors on the grounds (weather permitting), or indoors in the beautiful ballroom. There is no additional charge for hosting your wedding ceremony at the Lyman Estate.

Q: What is the time frame for my event?
The Lyman Estate schedules only one event per day, which gives you the flexibility to choose the eight hour time frame for your party. This includes two hours for set up, five hours for the party, and one hour for breakdown. We ask that all events end by 11pm.

Q: Will someone from the Lyman Estate be there the day of my event?
Yes. In addition to supporting you with your planning, one of our Event Supervisors is here for every event, from start to finish.

Q: Are candles allowed?
Due to local fire regulations, candles are not permitted inside or outside on the grounds.  However, battery operated candles are lovely and are allowed.

Q: What about parking?
There is ample parking on-site.

Q: Is there air conditioning?
Yes, the Lyman Estate is fully air conditioned.

Q: Is the Lyman Estate handicapped-accessible?
The mansion's first floor is accessible with an accessible restroom.

Q: Can you recommend local hotels for my out-of-town guests?
We recommend the Holiday Inn Express and the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Both hotels are two miles from Lyman and offer generous rates for our clients.

Q: Who manages the food service and flow of events?
A: The caterer is responsible for the flow of all scheduled events and will insure that the event timeline is followed as closely as possible. The band/D.J. is responsible for making all announcements such as bridal dances, cake cutting, last dance, etc.

Q: Are bands allowed?
A: Yes!

Q: May I have my holiday party at the Lyman Estate?
Yes, the Lyman Estate is open for holiday parties.

Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452

617-994-6672   Email the Lyman Estate staff.

Dine and dance in the magnificent ballroom where the waltz was introduced to Boston society.

Palladian window

A grand staircase with a Palladian window provides a perfect spot for photographs.

Peach wall

Walk along the 600-foot Peach Wall.

East Parlor

Host intimate dinner parties in antique-filled parlors.

Cocktails on the veranda

Dine al fresco on the covered veranda overlooking the landscaped grounds.


The dramatic Victorian library