Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds

Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds, Newton: Hours, Address, Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds Reviews: 4.5/5

Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds

Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This 1734 farmhouse, restored and renovated in 2013, is one of two Newton history museums operated by Historic Newton. The family-friendly museum includes period rooms, interactive games and puzzles. Learn about colonial life, the Revolutionary War, slavery, abolitionism, the birth of American horticulture, and the historic preservation movement. Enjoy historic gardens with space for outdoor games. Special programs take place in our large, modern educational space, which is also available for rentals.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Archoog
Newton, MA13 contributions
Historical Restoration/Preservation
Nov 2018
It's nice to preserve historically significant structures especially when they are associated with prominent or important individuals for their contribution to their community or society as a whole.
Written October 12, 2019
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Nirmal S
London, England, United Kingdom385 contributions
Historic house in Newton
Apr 2019 • Family
This is a small historic house in Newton. There is some period furniture and history of three families that resided here over three centuries. Gardens are small and not worth visiting.
Written May 3, 2019
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C H
Boston, MA168 contributions
A great old house museum
Feb 2018 • Solo
Having always wanted to stop in rather than drive by on my way to somewhere else, I finally got the chance. This old Newton house of historic significance is terrific. Thank you to it's owners, inhabitants and most recent heirs, it has been well preserved and restored. The stories associated with its lifespan and inhabitants are interesting and give it real relevance. Imagine the people you learn about as they must have been over the centuries. It expands ones knowledge or preconceived notions of Newton at various times in history. The museum history has gaps between the families featured. Attention is paid to social issues during the times featured, including the lives of 3 slaves which are believed to have lived and worked there. Such honesty is important and educational. The museum addresses visitors at a middle level imo. Very good field trip destination I would say!
Written March 4, 2018
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ChayaYehudit
Newton, MA123 contributions
We held a party in their party room
May 2017 • Friends
Our party began with a private tour of the house, which was cool. Max, who was in charge of party stuff was helpful, but, we would not recommend having a party there and here is why.

First of all, you can’t start until the house closes and this includes the fact that your caterer can’t get in. Second, they would not allow warming trays because of fire hazard which is understandable but silly and so our guests didn’t have hit food. Third, we had to leave promptly and it was too short from the opening time to closing. Our guests were rushed. Funally, because the house belongs to Newton and Newtinvwiuld be liable for an accident, we were put through the ringer needing a permit to have beer and wine. We needed a bartender too. We had to go to a meeting at city all. Not worth it.

FYI— so you know what you are getting into!
Written December 7, 2017
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Wei C
1 contribution
My favorite
Sep 2017 • Family
This is becoming my favorite historic house. Beautiful huge trees, well-preserved rooms and original furnitures, great activities. My favorite exhibits are the original authentic kitchen tools. My favorite activity is constructing a model of the house with the same roman numbers used for building the real house.
Written September 23, 2017
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Peter D
Newton, MA56 contributions
Not-to-be-Missed 1732 Newton House, Museum, Grounds
Sep 2017 • Family
This a wonderful old house (1732) with a stone fireplace for cooking, talking displays for self-guided tours, great gardens, games for kids, and easy parking....all on Waverly Street in Newton. It provides a tremendous insight of how people lived way-back-when. Not to be missed.
Written September 7, 2017
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Sara O
2 contributions
Great view of the ages for all ages!
Apr 2017 • Family
I brought my toddler to the Durant-Kendrick house not having any idea of what to expect. The way the exhibits were set up the day we went there were activities in every room for me to get involved in learning as well as puzzles suitable for kids as young as two! They really take great pains to have every level of information so everyone stays engaged in the group. Recordings start as you enter the rooms of first person accounts of what buzz would have been going around the house around the time of the Boston Tea Party.
Written June 6, 2017
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stwagner
Maynard, MA14 contributions
Very informative visit.
Apr 2017 • Friends
We really enjoyed this historic home and it's informative displays. I also liked the activities for children. I now want to go back with my 4 year old granddaughter. I also want to go back to see the yard/gardens.
Written May 12, 2017
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drennanm2017
Newton, MA1 contribution
Great for Kids/Special Needs
Apr 2017 • Friends
I went to the Durant-Kenrick House with a group of 8 Individuals with differing needs. The house VERY accessible for children, or individuals with special sensory needs or mobility challenges. Decent amount of room to move, and lots of toys and activities for individuals to occupy themselves with if a group tour was too strenuous. There were also a variety of interactive exhibits that helped the group learn about the history of the house in a hands on way. Max was a great tour guide, and helped our group stay engaged- which is not always an easy thing to do!
Thanks! We will be back soon!
Written April 25, 2017
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marciacooper
Waban7 contributions
Great location for organizations to meet!
Apr 2017 • Business
It was easy to schedule our meeting with the helpful Historic Newton staff and our group felt quite comfortable with every aspect of the set-up in the meeting room space.
Written April 14, 2017
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Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds is open:
  • Wed - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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