We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Thornton W. Burgess Museum - CLOSED

4 Water Street, Rte. 130, Sandwich, MA 02563
Improve this listing
Type: Children's Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Preserved in a 18th-century house, the life and works of Thornton Burgess, renowned children's author and naturalist, are displayed.

19 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Framingham, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is a place to see when you are staying in Sandwich. Right on Rt. 6A the museum is fun for the kids and you can check out the huge selection of home made jams jellies honey and my personal pick sweet relish.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kent, Washington
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Thornton Burgess Museum in Sandwich has been closed - but you can find Thornton Burgess information and memorabilia just a short drive away at Green Briar Nature Center right off Hwy 6A in East Sandwich. Green Briar is located in a quiet and beautiful wildlife sanctuary - and includes an amazing wildflower garden, working jam kitchen and children's activities.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
McKinney, Texas
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Enjoyed seeing the inspiration for the Thornton Burgess Peter Cottontail children's books. The lush green trees and flowers as well as the little white house that contains the jam kitchen. The gift shop had a number of homemade jams for sale with free tastings. Cute little Tea accessories, books and knick knacks.

Was this review helpful? Yes
central mass
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were short on time and could not spend alot of time at the museum. What we did see was interesting and we will definitely go back when we have more time to spend there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The museum is a great way to connect with the author of some of the best children's books: Thornton Burgess and the Mother West Wind Series. This Museum and the Greenbriar Nature center a couple of miles away, both part of the Thornton Burgess group, is wonderful for young and old.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful time here, first we went I'm to be grated by a wonderful employee. We also got to see them making jams and rated some too. She told us about the history and explained all to us. We also went on the hike and saw some creatures... A woodpecker, water snake and frog. The gardens were beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Norwich, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Small but charming old home that houses the works of the noted children story teller and conservationist. Because of his love of nautre and his need to care for his children on his own he created many animal characters that came to life as the stories were told to the young at bedtime.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Glenmony ny
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is a must all the friends you read about are depicted here plus all sorts of books glass plates and t shirts with the pictures of Reddy Fox Old Mother East Wind etc....just a charming place to remember in Loved it

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Walpole, MA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Go to Greenbriar Nature Center - Thornton Burgess runs this - and buy their home made jam - or watch a jam making demonstration in the jam kitchen. The jam is fantastic and makes good Christmas or hostess gifts.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Staunton, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were welcomed by the staff even though they were in the midst of a meeting, and they took the time to give us some interesting information about Thornton Burgess. Cute gift shop too.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Thornton W. Burgess Museum also viewed

Sandwich, Cape Cod

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Thornton W. Burgess Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing