Eustis Estate Museum
Eustis Estate Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Eustis Estate is open for self guided tours with two guided tours per day at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on our website.
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Curly head 49
Gloucester, MA7 contributions
Mar 2020
If you love domestic architecture, this is a wonderful place to visit. The interpretation and self-guided tour are interesting with technology that's easy to use. The house is full of nooks and crannies, the kitchen stove is original. Unusual tiles of nursery rhymes are on the fireplaces and there are places to sit down and enjoy the ambiance of the house. Lovely grounds to explore.
Written September 26, 2020
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,843 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Eustis Estate Museum is a Historic New England property that opened to the public in May 2017. It was purchased from the Eustis family for $7.1M in 2014 and underwent extensive restoration. The 18,600 square foot mansion is on 80 acres adjacent to the Blue Hills Reservation.

Admissions:
$15.00 - Adults
$12.00 - Seniors
$8.00 - Students and Children

We visited on a Saturday and took the 11:00 AM tour.

The docent-led tour began outside. Before entering the 1878 mansion designed by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson, the docent talked to us about the Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. In architecture, hallmarks included decorative embellishments, stained-glass windows, hardwood floors, embossed surfaces, Japanese motifs, embellished hardware.

The Eustis Estate had it all. It was quite spectacular --- from its size and reflective metallic wallpaper to its impressive fireplace mantels. It had a lot of elements of the Queen Anne Revival style.

To me, the most remarkable thing about the estate as a whole was that it was 100% self-sufficient with its own pond for water and ice supplies, crop fields, greenhouses, fruit orchards, flower gardens, and protein meat supply from chickens, pigs, and dairy cows. And, eventually, it generated its own electricity.

The interior of the mansion had many elaborate features, but it also gave off a sense of warmth and livability.

One of the most striking parts of the mansion was the fireplace in the vestibule with its ceiling-to-floor mantel. It was made of terra cotta and wood.

Intricately-carved woodwork and furniture were everywhere. The table and chair in the hall were outstanding.

I got the impression that this mansion was built to impress in very subtle ways.

Upstairs, there is a museum with some interesting fashion. The exhibit was tidied Head to Toe. It was a hat and shoe display. There was a pair of size 12 shoes that belonged to chef Julia Child, who was a very tall woman.

It was a rainy day when we visited so we did not walk the grounds. What we could see of the grounds during the drive up to the visitors center, on the walk over to the mansion, and from the windows inside the mansion was very well cared for and quite scenic.

We rate the Eustis Estate at 5.0. We highly recommend a visit.

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Written August 17, 2018
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Colleen Heikka
Milton, MA306 contributions
May 2017 • Family
We live just down the street, but have always wanted to visit this stone castle home on the hill. Much of the original details have been preserved. It is free for Milton residents. The grounds are beautiful and a nice place for a walk as well.
Written June 21, 2017
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Doctr_John
Wakefield, MA66 contributions
Dec 2019
WOW! Don't think of this as a typical "museum" where you walk around and look at artifacts-under-glass. This is similar to the Newport Mansion tours where you wander through the opulent interior of an original 1880's mansion. More like a walking-tour of Downton Abby. The guided tour provides detailed background stories of the original residents and their servants ... add a little of your imagination and you have a time-travel experience. Highly recommended but probably for teens or older.
Written December 22, 2019
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Gus B
Massachusetts636 contributions
Nov 2019
Everything was well done. David Lincoln at the visitor center was welcoming and helpful. Heidi Graf our docent was an ideal guide: capable, enthusiastic, and seemingly omniscient. This is a Don't Miss attraction. Go on the guided tour if you can.
Written November 23, 2019
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John H
Walpole, MA137 contributions
Sep 2019
For quite some time, I have wanted to visit the Eustis Mansion, but never seemed to get around to going. This last week, I finally stopped in and it was well worth the time. The house is very interesting (eclectic) and the guide was both knowledgeable and pleasant.
Written October 3, 2019
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MFurbs
Boston, MA79 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Really brings you back in time to the grand estates of the 1800s. A masterpiece of the aesthetic movement lovingly restored by Historic New England. A rare retreat 6 miles from downtown Boston. You can bring a picnic and enjoy the 80 acres of pristine open fields. You will easily fall in love with this exquisite house.
Written September 10, 2019
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Denise S
Raynham, MA68 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very beautiful old house built in the late1800s. Woodwork, fireplaces, tiles,engineering features are amazing and well preserved. I recommend taking the tour. Our guide was very informative and had answers to all questions we asked. If you are on the guided tour, you have entry to the rooms you cannot access if you do a self-tour. If you "miss" a tour, each room does have a computer on which you can learn about the details of the room. The house was lived in by the Eustis family before it was sold to the Historic New England group in 2014, and opened to the public for tours in 2017. Some of the elements in the house are of the more modern era. Recommend a visit to this wonderful old home situated on 80 acres in the Blue Hills area. Easy to get to.
Written July 10, 2019
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X-countryGuy
Coventry, CT198 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My wife and I belong to the Historic New England group which helps to preserve and showcase beautiful homes like these. After hibernating all winter a sunny, summer-like day finally occurred, on a weekend no less! On a whim, we decided to visit this home. We were glad we did. As others have mentioned, the home itself is stunning to approach. The architecture and ornate design elements grab you right away. We arrived in time to take a guided tour with Amy. She was phenomenal. She knew every detail of the house, what was original, what was not, and what had been changed by the family over the decades. This home does allow access to much of the home and contents. Please treat it with respect and mind your children so that this may continue for a long time to come. I found the small "engineered" features and carved woodwork to be fascinating. My wife loved to romantic fell of the home and beautiful grounds as well. We even had a deer walk past a window, as if queued to do so, right during our tour. This house was certainly worth our 3hr round trip and cost of our membership. Check their website for special events too. A special thank you to our guide Amy for making our visit extra special!
Written May 27, 2019
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JR Hughson
Millis, MA11 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We went today and with fall colors it was really amazing. All the staff did a great job explaining what was known and unknown about the property. It’s not tiny but only takes a few hours to really enjoy.
Written October 14, 2018
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM