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How long do the tours last?

The Codman House tour lasts for one hour.

What does the tour include?

Visitors see the major rooms of the main house as well as the working areas of the servants’ wing and the housekeeper’s bedroom on the third floor. The Codman House is furnished with art, decorative arts, and antiques that belonged to several generations of one family.

Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.

Why is the Codman House important?

Five generations of Codmans lived and worked on this estate; each generation left their mark. The interiors, richly furnished with portraits, objects, and art works collected in Europe and America, preserve the decorative schemes of every era.

Who were the Codmans?

The Codman family were members of the Boston elite. The early colonial Codmans were landowners, farmers, ship owners, and merchants. Their descendants included collectors, connoisseurs, and a famous interior designer.

Can we visit the landscape and picnic?

Yes, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Codman House landscape every day, dawn to dusk. There are lots of places to picnic or enjoy the view. The Codman House adjoins the Town of Lincoln conservation trail, so visitors can take a walk in the woods as well.

May I rent the property for a special event or wedding?

Yes, the Codman Carriage House is available for functions. More information is available on the Function Rentals page.

How can I find out more about the Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival?

Please visit the Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival page.

Are there restrooms at the Codman House?

The Codman Estate has restrooms available.

Where is the best place to park?

Parking is located adjacent to the main gate on the left.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking.  The Codman Estate has not been equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. We are glad to offer guests a visual tour of the museum. Visitors with limited mobility may be able to enjoy a first floor tour of the house and grounds. Service animals are always welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one.

Can I take photographs at the museum?

Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.  

How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?
Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage.  To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or join online. You can reach the Codman House staff at 617-994-6690 or by e-mail.