33 House Museums Are Offering Free Tours in June

Historic New England's open house day returns on Saturday, June 2.

Photos courtesy of Historic New England and Wikimedia/Creative Commons

There are 37 majestic mansions and estates operated by Historic New England throughout the region, and soon, 33 of them will waive admission fees.

Every year on the first Saturday in June, the organization offers free tours of most of its properties. Historic New England’s many estates will once again flaunt their lush gardens, impressive architecture, and storied pasts free of charge on Saturday, June 2.

The historic collections showcased on the tours paint a picture of daily life in New England over the past four centuries. Homes like the Gedney House in Salem date back to 1655, while the more modern Gropius House from 1938 offers a glimpse into the life of the founder of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius.

Other highlights include Beauport, the grand Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester that was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, and Roseland Cottage, a bright pink Gothic Revival home in Connecticut. For those who can’t escape the city this weekend, there’s the Otis House in the West End, a Federal-style mansion designed for former mayor Harrison Gray Otis by Charles Bulfinch.

Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the country, with properties spanning from Rhode Island to Maine. On Saturday, most of the houses will open at 11 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Hours and tour times vary, so see the complete list of open houses, with opening and closing times, at historicnewengland.org.

And good luck choosing just one of the properties listed below.



Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester / Photo provided by Historic New England

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester

Boardman House, Saugus

Browne House, Watertown

Cooper-Frost-Austin House

Coffin House, Newbury

Cogswell’s Grant, Essex

Dole-Little House, Newbury

Eustis Estate, Milton

Gedney House, Salem

Gropius House, Lincoln

Otis House, Boston

Merwin House, Stockbridge

Phillips House, Salem

Quincy House, Quincy

Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury

Swett-Ilsley House, Newbury

Winslow Crocker House, Yarmouth Port


roseland cottage

Roseland Cottage / Photo courtesy of Historic New England

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock


Castle Tucker photo via Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Castle Tucker, Wiscasset

Hamilton House, South Berwick

Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick

Marrett House, Standish

New Hampshire

Barrett House photo via Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Barrett House, New Ipswich

Gilman Garrison House, Exeter

Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth

Jackson House, Portsmouth

Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth

Rhode Island

Arnold House photo via Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Arnold House, Lincoln

Casey Farm, Saunderstown

Clemence-Irons House, Johnston

Watson Farm, Jamestown