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Hammond Castle Museum To Open for 46th Season

May 1, 2021

Hammond Castle Museum To Open for 46th Season, Welcomes New Curatorial Director

Hammond Castle Museum will open to the public for its 46th season on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Fresh to the Museum this season is the direction of newly appointed Curatorial Director, John Leysath. Leysath is a state licensed educator and brings a wealth of experience and capabilities in video development. Under his stewardship, the Museum will be able to offer new digital content and tailored programs designed to support educators near and far.

“My goal for the Museum is to highlight the history of modern science, technology and innovation, of which Hammond himself was a part. To that end, I’m developing a number of digital and virtual media and exhibits to bring the Museum out into the community,” said Leysath. “It is really important for students to be engaged in STEM programming to be inspired to invent.”

Over the course of the season, the Museum will host a myriad of programs and events including some of its most popular programs such as: Arms and Armor lectures, Bubbles and Books story time for young children, Candlelight Tours and Spiritualism Tours as well as the Deck The Halls holiday festival.

In keeping with the health and safety guidelines set forth by the State of Massachusetts, the Museum will continue to offer online tickets sales for timed tours to access the interior of the museum. Advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased at: hammondcastle.org.

“I am deeply proud of how well the Museum and staff were able to adjust to the constraints we all faced last season, and I am delighted to be able to welcome the community into the museum once again,” said Linda Harvey, executive director. “We are looking forward to our 46th season and have a great deal of new programming planned for the year ahead.”

While new online content is in development, the 2021 Season schedule has been extended to offer more opportunities to visit the historic site. The Museum is open daily from May 1 through Oct. 31 and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November and December.

John Hays Hammond Jr., known as “The Father of Radio Control,” was one of America’s most prolific inventors and a protégé of Guglielmo Marconi, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Built from 1926 through 1929, and incorporated as a museum in 1930, the castle’s architectural style is a mix of a medieval castle, medieval French village and a Gothic cathedral. It was custom built to encompass Hammond’s private residence, laboratory and museum quality collection of architectural elements from his travels throughout Europe. Also on display is Hammond’s extensive list of patents, his work with radio control and his work on guided torpedoes for the military.

Hammond Castle Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is not handicapped accessible. The Museum offers guided tours and numerous educational and cultural events throughout its season. It is also available for private and corporate rentals year-round. For more information, please contact Hammond Castle Museum at info@hammondcastle.org, 978-283-2080 or visit www.hammondcastle.org to purchase tickets.

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