Lyman Estate

Lyman Estate The Lyman Estate is a National Historic Landmark located in Waltham, Mass. It is available for functions and tours.
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Lyman Estate, owned and operated by Historic New England, is a venue for private functions and weddings, a site for public programs, including our popular summer movie nights, and a museum open for tours on selected days. Our historic greenhouses are open most of the year for visits and plant sales. Public tours of the mansion run hourly year-round, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 10AM-1pm. Last tour is at noon. Groups of 10 or more are welcome to book a special group tour at times when the mansion is not normally open to the public. Our grounds are always open, and we encourage you to visit and enjoy them. History of the site: Lyman Estate, also known as "The Vale," is one of the finest examples in the United States of a country estate following the principles of eighteenth-century English naturalistic design. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, large expanses of land and proximity to Boston made Waltham a popular location for country estates. Lyman Estate was the warm-weather retreat for four generations of the Lyman family. In 1793 shipping merchant Theodore Lyman commissioned famed architect Samuel McIntire to design and build a Federal-style house. The family enlarged the house in 1882 in the Victorian style and then remodeled it in the Colonial Revival style in 1917. The thirty-seven-acre property includes beautifully preserved gardens and historic greenhouses. Visitors hear the story of the Lyman family as they explore the elegant mansion. The mansion’s architectural features include an elegant ballroom and graceful oval parlor, both pristine examples of Federal design.

03/24/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

Historic New England is closely monitoring the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until further notice. Ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible when an event is cancelled or postponed. For more information email [email protected] or call (617)994-6679.

Our priority is the safety and well being of our visitors and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, please visit:

https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

03/13/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

Historic New England is closely monitoring the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until Friday, April 10. All ticketed events between now and April 10 are either cancelled or postponed. For more information please visit:

https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

Celebrate the holidays Victorian style at Historic New England's Lyman Estate.  See where scenes from the newest screen ...
11/15/2019

Celebrate the holidays Victorian style at Historic New England's Lyman Estate. See where scenes from the newest screen adaptation of Little Women were filmed and enjoy Victorian craft-making activities, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa. Fun for the entire family includes making your own Victorian holiday cards, tree decorations, and other period amusements.

Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, opens in theaters this Christmas.

Advance tickets recommended at HistoricNewEngland.org. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

Friday - Sunday, October 18 - 20, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.Shop ou...
10/10/2019

Friday - Sunday, October 18 - 20, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Shop our selection of hundreds of orchid plants, including Cattleyas, Laelias, Paphiopedilums, and Phalaenopsis. Our gardening experts can help you choose the right plants for your home.

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

09/18/2019
Otis House is happy to be a part of this unique tour along with our house museum neighbors in Boston.
09/06/2019
House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston Presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour

Otis House is happy to be a part of this unique tour along with our house museum neighbors in Boston.

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston presents: 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s icon...

08/23/2019
Historic New England

Historic New England

Have you seen the trailer for Little Women Movie? That’s the Lyman Estate where Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet are dancing as Jo and Laurie, about a minute in. We’re thrilled to be one of the Massachusetts locations for the Greta Gerwig-directed adaptation. See it in theaters this Christmas! https://youtu.be/AST2-4db4ic

08/14/2019
08/09/2019
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07/24/2019

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07/17/2019

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Join us this Thursday evening at The Lyman Estate for free Movies at the Mansion!
07/16/2019

Join us this Thursday evening at The Lyman Estate for free Movies at the Mansion!

Getting ready for free "Movies at the Mansion" at the Lyman Estate.  Starts this Thursday, July 11th!
07/09/2019

Getting ready for free "Movies at the Mansion" at the Lyman Estate. Starts this Thursday, July 11th!

Otis House Museum
06/11/2019

Otis House Museum

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05/13/2019

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Recently one of Historic New England’s staff came across a previously unknown reference to the Lyman Estate in an 1861 c...
04/24/2019

Recently one of Historic New England’s staff came across a previously unknown reference to the Lyman Estate in an 1861 copy of Ballou’s Monthly, a popular nineteenth-century magazine published in Boston. The article on “Scenes in the Vicinity of Boston” included this description of the estate, then owned by George W. Lyman (1786-1880). The view of the Estate shows it from modern-day Lyman Street, looking east.

Thank you to photographer Lisa Watchmaker for sharing photos taken at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.  Beautiful!
03/21/2019

Thank you to photographer Lisa Watchmaker for sharing photos taken at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. Beautiful!

Did you know that there is a a tropical getaway right in Waltham, Massachusetts? Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses whil...
02/25/2019

Did you know that there is a a tropical getaway right in Waltham, Massachusetts? Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses while the camellias are in bloom!

Many of the trees are more than one hundred years old. At this time of year, they put forth a profusion of blossoms in all sizes and shapes.

For more information:

https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/lyman-estate-greenhouses/

10/16/2018
Historic New England

Historic New England

Put the "fun" back in "fundraiser" at Raise the Roof on Oct. 28 at Lyman Estate! Enjoy fun fair activities, tour the Lyman Estate mansion and greenhouses, meet old-house experts, or even sign a shingle that will be used on the roof of a Historic New England property! All proceeds go toward roof projects at ten of our historic sites:

In Maine:
- Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum & Visitor Center and Hamilton House, South Berwick
- Marrett House, Standish
- Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset
- Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor

In Massachusetts:
- Otis House Museum, Boston
- Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester
- Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury

In New Hampshire:
- Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-the-roof-tickets-50193013655

"On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Ameri...
08/27/2018
Flu Epidemic Begins in Boston

"On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain of influenza that would prove far more dangerous than the German army" (https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/flu-epidemic-begins-in-boston.html).

Join us September 11th at the Lyman Estate to hear how this worldwide epidemic impacted Waltham. Details at HistoricNewEngland.org.

On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain of influenza …

The Lyman Estate ballroom has changed in use over time, but its 1793 architectural features (including moldings, columns...
08/15/2018

The Lyman Estate ballroom has changed in use over time, but its 1793 architectural features (including moldings, columns, and chandeliers) have remained remarkably intact.

Another fun movie series at the Lyman Estate concluded last night! Stay tuned for next year's movies, happening every Th...
07/27/2018

Another fun movie series at the Lyman Estate concluded last night! Stay tuned for next year's movies, happening every Thursday evening in July.

Thank you our sponsors East Cambridge Savings Bank, Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts, and Brothers Marketplace - Waltham. And a special thank you to members of Historic New England who support this and other programming we do. We couldn't do it without you!

07/26/2018

We'll be showing the movie outside tonight! However, the Waltham High School Show Band will not be joining us this time. We'll miss them!

07/26/2018

The movie will go on tonight! We'll announce soon if it will be indoors or out.

The Lyman Estate was lovely last night at dusk. Stop by next Thursday evening for "Queen of Katwe" to experience it your...
07/13/2018

The Lyman Estate was lovely last night at dusk. Stop by next Thursday evening for "Queen of Katwe" to experience it yourself.

The weather tonight looks perfect for an outdoor movie! Join us at 8:30 for "An American in Paris" on the lawn.
07/12/2018

The weather tonight looks perfect for an outdoor movie! Join us at 8:30 for "An American in Paris" on the lawn.

This Thursday evening at 8:30, we'll be showing "An American in Paris" on the lawn. It's free! Stop by early to hear the...
07/11/2018

This Thursday evening at 8:30, we'll be showing "An American in Paris" on the lawn. It's free! Stop by early to hear the amazing Waltham High School Show Band.

Moana is showing tonight for free at the Lyman Estate! Starts at 8:30. Join us early to watch the Waltham High School Sh...
07/05/2018

Moana is showing tonight for free at the Lyman Estate! Starts at 8:30. Join us early to watch the Waltham High School Show Band!

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185 Lyman St
Waltham, MA
02452

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Today I drove my friend to the Lyman Estates Green house for her birthday, We drove from Gloucester in very heavy traffic. I had checked your website to make sure the greenhouses would be open. Yes, open 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM. WE ARRIVED ABOUT 10:30 AM TO FIND THEY WERE CLOSED. A pleasant young woman was there to water and said now that summer is over they are closed on Sunday. What a different kind of day we could have had if your information had been updated.