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FAQs

Can I park at the museum? Is there on street parking?

You can either park in front of the Nickels-Sortwell barn on Federal Street, on Main Street in front of the shops, or in the parking lot behind the house on Water Street.

Are there restrooms at Nickels-Sortwell House?

Yes, there is a restroom available to visitors.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking.  Nickels-Sortwell 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. 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 Nickels-Sortwell 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 members of the media should visit the press room for more information.  

How can I book a group tour? What is the cost?

The cost for a group tour of ten or more is $1 off the regular admission price. Call 207-882-7169 or e-mail the Nickels-Sortwell House.

When is the house open?

The house is open Friday through Sunday, June 1 – October 15. Tours are given on the hour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.

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 Nickels-Sortwell House staff at 207-882-7169 or by e-mail.

When was the house built?

The house was built in 1807.

Who built it?

Captain William Nickels had the house built. The identity of the architect or even if there was an architect is unknown.

How much did it cost to build?

The mansion cost over $14,000 to build when labor was $1 a day.

How many rooms does the house have?

The house has twenty-one rooms.

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