Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center (1878)

An aesthetic marvel, opening in May 2017

Milton, Massachusetts

A rare surviving example of late nineteenth-century architecture and design will soon be open to the public for the first time ever. Designed by renowned Boston architect William Ralph Emerson and built in 1878, the Eustis Estate sits on eighty acres of picturesque landscape at the base of the Blue Hills. Full of stunning, intact architectural and design details, the Eustis Estate is a historic site unlike any other in the Greater Boston area.

Take a self-guided tour of the house and grounds in the order that you choose. The stone mansion includes richly carved woodwork and dramatic stained glass windows. A great hall soars three stories to a decorative trussed ceiling. Newly restored wall treatments present original colors highlighted by metallic paints that glitter and glow when illuminated by ornate brass chandeliers. Learn about the elaborate architecture and interior design as well as the Eustis family, their domestic staff, and the farmhands who cultivated the surrounding fields and greenhouses. In the visitor center, browse the museum shop. Admission includes access to the museum, resource room, and the exhibition currently on view in the second-floor galleries.

Plan Your Visit

Location

1424 Canton Avenue
Milton, Mass. 02186

Days & Hours

Member preview days: Wed. – Sun., May 10 – 14

Public opening May 17, 2017:
Wed. – Sun., May – October

Fri. – Sun., November – April

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Guided tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Closed most major holidays.

Admission

$15 adults

$12 seniors

$8 students and children

Free for Historic New England members and Milton residents.

A Starter Home That Became Permanent

Architect William Ralph Emerson designed the 18,600-square-foot mansion for newlyweds W.E.C. Eustis and Edith Hemenway.

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  • A Starter Home That Became Permanent

    Architect William Ralph Emerson designed the 18,600-square-foot mansion for newlyweds W.E.C. Eustis and Edith Hemenway.

  • Great Hall

    Enter through the Great Hall, which features brilliant red and gold decorative paint and elaborate woodwork.

  • Parlor

    The intricately carved fireplace is the focal point of the large parlor, where the Eustis family received guests.

  • Dining Room

    The dining room has been restored to its 1870s decor. Gold-colored paint glitters in the dancing light of the gas chandelier.

  • Library

    As you explore the house, stop at the second-floor library to browse books on New England history and architecture.

  • Gatehouse

    A beautiful stone gatehouse welcomes visitors from Canton Avenue. Look for it when you visit the museum!

Property FAQs

Find out about parking, accessibility, photography policy, and more.

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  • Where do I park?

    There is a large, free visitor parking lot next to the visitor center at the top of the driveway.

  • Is the museum accessible to people with disabilities?

    All museum spaces that are open to the public are accessible. The museum is equipped with a lift for access to the second floor.

  • Can I take photographs at the Eustis Estate?

    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. 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.

  • Where can I get something to eat?

    Water and soda are available in the visitor center. Information on area restaurants can be found in the visitor center as well.

  • Can I host an event at the Eustis Estate?

    Yes. Information of function rentals at the Eustis Estate is available here.

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