Can I park at the museum?
Parking at Hamilton House is ample. The parking area is located at the end of Vaughan’s Lane and is located in a grassy field above the house. A gravel path with signs leads visitors from the parking area to the visitor center in the garden cottage.
Are there restrooms at Hamilton House?
Yes. There are two restrooms, one handicapped accessible, in the red carriage barn. Restrooms are open to the public during regular museum hours and special events.
Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?
All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.
Is the museum handicapped accessible?
A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Hamilton House 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 from the comfort of our visitor’s center located in the garden cottage. 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 visit the grounds at any time?
The museum grounds and garden are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Can I take photographs at Hamilton House?
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 media should review the press room for contract and fee information.
Is there a museum shop on site?
Hamilton House has a small museum shop located in the garden cottage. The shop offers a selection of books relating to Hamilton House, local history, and gardening as well as gift items.
Downtown South Berwick is located only one and a half miles from Hamilton House, offering a number of dining options. Our staff is happy to offer recommendations.
How can I book a group tour? What is the cost?
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 Hamilton House staff at 207-384-2454 or by e-mail.