Group Tours at the Eustis Estate (1878)
A marvel of the Aesthetic Movement
Explore a rare surviving example of late nineteenth-century architecture and design. 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.
The Eustis Estate has special exhibition galleries on the second floor that are included with your tour admission. The galleries feature exhibitions that highlight pieces from Historic New England’s extensive collection, as well as loan exhibitions from other institutions.
1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass. 02186
Hours of Operation:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- June 1 to October 31, Wednesday to Sunday
- November 1 to December 31, Thursday to Sunday
- January 1 to May 31, Friday to Sunday
All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the museum is closed to the public.
We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.
- Self-Guided Tour: After a brief introduction, explore the house and grounds at your own pace in the order that you choose. Unlike at most Historic New England properties, you do not need to stay with a guide and can even sit on most of the furniture.
- Behind the Ropes Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour that takes you into roped-off spaces and areas not on the public tour.
- Guided Landscape Tour: Explore the fields, woodland, and gardens as you learn about the landscape and history of the property. The tour also examines the exterior architecture of the house and other original buildings built between 1878 and 1902. Can be done on its own or in combination with either tour above.
- Sunset Tour: Your group can explore the house as the sun sets in an exclusive after-hours experience. Watch as the changing light transforms the rich colors of the Aesthetic Movement interiors.
- Self-guided groups can be as large as 50. For a guided tour, up to 16 visitors can tour the inside of the house with each guide or up to 20 visitors outside. Larger groups will be split into multiple groups for guided tours.
- The house tours are fully accessible including a lift to the second floor. Landscape tours require about one hour of walking and include varied outdoor terrain.
- Self-Guided House Tour: Call for rates.
- Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.
- The tour leader and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.
- Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.
- Milton is a picturesque suburb just seven miles from downtown Boston. It is known for its proximity to the Neponset River and Blue Hills, and for educational institutions such as Milton Academy and Curry College. East Milton Square and the Lower Mills neighborhood of nearby Dorchester offer a broad range of restaurants, including Abby Park, Novara, Steel & Rye, 88 Wharf, Yellow Door Taqueria, and Lower Mills Tavern.
- Make a day of your visit to the Eustis Estate by exploring the Blue Hills Reservation or visiting another of the town’s historic house museums, such as the Forbes House Museum and the Wakefield Estate, or the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in nearby Canton.
- Visit other Historic New England properties nearby. Package discounts available.
- Accessible restrooms located in the house and visitor center.
- Visitor center includes a shop offering an assortment of books and souvenirs.
- The Eustis Estate parking lot can accommodate both cars and buses.
- Three picnic tables available for lunch on the grounds (food and drink are prohibited inside the museum).
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