Historic New England’s response to coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020

This post was originally published on March 11, 2020, and previously updated on March 12.

Historic New England is closely monitoring the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in the communities we serve, and in the region as a whole. We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until at least Friday, April 10.

Regular Tours at Historic New England Museums

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information about regular open hours is available at HistoricNewEngland.org/Museums.

Ticketed Events and Plant Sales

All ticketed events between now and April 10 are either canceled or postponed. Following the Centers for Disease Control recommendation, we have also canceled or postponed all events for groups larger than fifty until May 11. This includes scheduled plant sales at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.

For events that have been canceled, we will contact ticketholders and refund ticket prices automatically. For events that are postponed, we will contact ticketholders with a new date as soon as possible and offer refunds to anyone who wants them. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 617-994-6679. Up-to-date information about all Historic New England ticketed events is available at HistoricNewEngland.org/Events.

Homeschool Programs

The March 18 program, Little Women: Classic and Contemporary at the Lyman Estate, and the April 8 program, Around the World in Salem at Phillips House, are postponed and will be rescheduled. Registered families have been contacted. For more information, please email [email protected]

Research Appointments

In-person research appointments at the Historic New England Library and Archives at Otis House in Boston are suspended until further notice. Archives staff members are available to respond to research inquiries via email at [email protected] or over the telephone at 617-994-5909. Please visit HistoricNewEngland.org/Collections to explore our collections online.

We are monitoring conditions daily and will update HistoricNewEngland.org with any changes to the above. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we live and work.

In the Meantime

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Please follow our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the latest information and updates from our historic sites.

Thank you for your attention and for being a part of Historic New England.