Nestled within Falmouth, Massachusetts, the historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA and its renowned gardens currently serve as a museum dedicated to the intriguing past of the estate and its place in Cape Cod, as well as showcasing education exhibits on the art and nature of the region.
Highfield Hall was first built by the family of the famous Bostonian businessman James Beebe as an elaborate summer retreat, situated amidst gardens, carriage trails, and about seven hundred acres of forest land. After passing through the family for generations, the immense and beautiful property went from one owner to another, at times serving as a health resort, a religious retreat, and an educational facility for student actors from Williams College and Oberlin College.
Four hundred acres of the expansive Beebe Woods were donated to the town in a conservation effort in 1972, but Highfield Hall and its accompanying Tanglewood mansion fell into obscurity and disrepair. Tanglewood was demolished in 1977, while Highfield Hall was abandoned for twenty years.
Finally, in 1994, a major local movement was made to restore Highfield Hall and some of its exquisite gardens for the benefit of the public, which can now enjoy the storied history and deep connection with the past that the home and its exhibits represent. It also functions as a wonderful venue for scenic Cape Cod weddings and other events.
Admission Pricing and Hours of Operation
The Highfield Hall and Gardens are open daily during the period of April 15th through October 31st. The museum’s outdoor grounds, as well as the surrounding Beebe Woods, are open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round.
Group tours of the estate grounds are hosted by the museum on the first and third Sundays of the month during the season for $5.00 per person, and free admission for museum members, active military personnel, and children under twelve years old. Year-round, visitors may schedule group tours for five or more people for $10.00 per person, with at least one week’s notice.
The museum itself operates from 10:00am until 4:00pm on Monday through Friday, and from 10:00am until 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA is open on Columbus Day from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.
Admission for the museum is $5.00, with the exception of free admission on Fridays for the general public and free admission daily during the operational season for museum members, active military personnel, and children under the age of twelve years.
As a venue for special events and private functions throughout the season, Highfield Hall maintains a calendar of availability. It is recommended that visitors check the calendar online before planning their visit to ensure that the museum is available to the public during their desired time.