Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?
All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.
Is the Quincy House affiliated with the Dorothy Quincy House or the Adams National Historical Park?
No, the Quincy House is owned and operated by Historic New England, formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The Dorothy Quincy House is named for Josiah Quincy I’s niece, Dorothy, who married John Hancock in 1775. The house is currently operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Adams National Historical Park is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Although the Quincy and Adams families were related, these three historic sites are now operated by separate organizations.
How do you pronounce Josiah?
The name is pronounced joe-sigh-uh.
What does the Quincy House have to do with the city of Quincy?
The city of Quincy is named after the same family that built the Quincy House. When the house was built in 1770, it was in Braintree. Quincy was officially incorporated as a separate town named for John Quincy, Colonel Josiah Quincy’s cousin, in 1792, and became a city in 1888. Quincy is pronounced quin-zee.
Are there restrooms at the Quincy House?
One restroom is available on the second floor of the museum. Please note that it might not be possible to take a break during a tour.
Where is the best place to park?
Street parking is available on Muirhead Street and most adjoining streets.
Is the museum handicapped accessible?
A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Quincy 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. Visitors with limited mobility may be able to enjoy a first floor tour of the house and grounds. Service animals are 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 Quincy House staff at 617-994-5930 or by e-mail.