Last updated: 8/18/2012
Sandwich, Massachusetts
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
April 14 – October 28, 2012
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
July and August only
Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday10 AM - 8 PM
Our partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment of Arts and museums across the country is dedicated to enriching the lives of military families through the arts by offering free admission to cultural institutions from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. All active duty military are eligible and may bring up to five immediate family members with them to Heritage.
Adults: $15
Members: free
Youth (3-12): $7
Children under 2: Free
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Denise Giblin, Group Sales Manager
Tom Bourne, Visitor Services & Retail Manager
Ashleigh Slyker, Director of Marketing

Heritage Museums and Gardens is comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts. It includes galleries for American Folk Art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions.

The gardens feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is from Memorial Day Weekend to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers.

The grounds also include the Old East Mill, a windmill built in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1800, and extensively restored in 1999-2000. In 2002, a labyrinth was also added to the grounds, designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America. Also located on the grounds is the Hart Family Maze Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden.


Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrates American culture and inspires people of all ages to explore, discover and learn together. We do this through excellence in horticulture, garden design, outdoor discovery and the exhibition of great collections.

Artifact Collections

Automobile Gallery

The Automobile Gallery includes an impressive collection of antique automobiles within a replica of the Shaker Round Barn in Hancock, Massachusetts.

American Art & Carousel Gallery

The American Art & Carousel Gallery houses our working 1912 carousel that was manufactured by Charles Looff and features hand-carved animal figures including an ostrich, frog, zebra, cat and deer. In addition, this gallery hosts a large collection of New England folk art – paintings, weather vanes, Nantucket baskets, scrimshaw, shop signs and more

Special Exhibitions Gallery

The Special Exhibitions Gallery is a replica of the Revolutionary War building known as The Temple of Virtue in New Windsor, New York which is known as the location where George Washington bestowed the first Purple Heart to a wounded soldier. This Gallery will host Special Traveling Exhibitions. Check our website or Facebook page for current events and exhibitions.

Educational Programs

The mission of Heritage Museums & Gardens is to inspire learning at any age in a fun, dynamic and at times, relaxing environment. We accomplish this not only through our three galleries and expansive gardens, but also in the year-round programs we offer to enrich the lives of kids, scouts and adults.

Our staff of professional educators ensure a fulfilling experience at our full range of programming. Whether it’s exploration in Hidden Hollow, a tutorial on tending gardens or getting down and dirty about automobiles, our wide range of programs offer something for the entire family.

  • Youth programs
  • Adult programs
  • Scout programs

Wheelchair Accessible




Mary Fay Jones Collections in Hand Programs

Instructors bring objects from the museum’s teaching collection into individual classrooms, providing hands-on experiences that enhance your curriculum. A variety of interactive techniques are used in each lesson.

Let us host your special occasion

Heritage Museums & Gardens offers several unique locations at which to host your special occasion. Whether you are planning an intimate occasion or gala affair, Heritage is the perfect venue for your gathering. Wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate meetings and retreats, cocktail parties, artist workshops, family reunions, and social outings all will find settings to complement their needs whether elegant and sophisticated, or uncomplicated and natural. Heritage will help you create a celebration not soon forgotten. Begin planning your event by completing our Event Planning Request or contacting our event manager and caterer,

Birthday Parties

Heritage is happy to offer your birthday boy or girl (ages 4-8) and their guests a two-hour, on-site party package to celebrate their special day

The Museum Store

The Museum Store at Heritage Museums & Gardens offers an array of beautiful gifts, toys and gardening supplies. It’s the perfect place to find that special something to commemorate your visit or a place for one-stop shop for all your gift-giving needs. We offer a selection of objects from local artisans, kid-sized tools for exploration, unique home decor items and so much more. In addition, you can purchase or renew your Heritage membership at the Museum Store. Museum members receive regular store discounts plus unannounced specials. The Museum Store is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm during the our regular season with a varied schedule during the off-season. Call 508.888.3300 x.120 for more information.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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