Lyman Estate

Lyman Estate The Lyman Estate is a National Historic Landmark located in Waltham, Mass. It is available for functions and tours. 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.

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.

06/08/2021

Still time to register for "Querying the Past: The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project!"

Photos from Historic New England's post
05/10/2021

Photos from Historic New England's post

Join Boston Baroque "On the Lawn" for a socially-distanced outdoor concert on June 6 at the Lyman Estate. Performed on t...
05/01/2021

Join Boston Baroque "On the Lawn" for a socially-distanced outdoor concert on June 6 at the Lyman Estate. Performed on the veranda, the one-hour program for strings and harpsichord will feature music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Corelli.

There will be two performances, the first at 1pm and the second at 5pm, and both will run around one hour with no intermission. Audiences will be limited to 150 individuals per performance, and households will be seated in individual pods that will be socially distanced from one another. In the case of rain on June 6, the concert will be postponed to Sunday, June 20.

Ticket Information

https://bostonbaroque.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4U00000IJjltUAD

Tickets for this concert will be sold by the socially-distanced pod. Pods are limited to between 1-4 individuals.

There are two ticket levels to choose from: Level A seats ($75 per person) will be seated closest to the porch, and Level B seats ($45 per person) will be seated behind Level A.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this performance. No walk-ups.

Safety Protocols: Boston Baroque will adhere to all state and local safety standards and protocols, and are working with the city of Waltham in this endeavor. Masks must be worn at all times before, during, and after the performance. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and extra masks. A full list of safety protocols will be sent in advance to all attendees, including social distancing measures, contactless check-in, etc.

All attendees, staff, and musicians will be asked to stay home if they are sick the day of the performance. We have extended our refund policy through the day of the performance for this program, in case an attendee falls ill and is unable to attend. All unvaccinated musicians and staff will undergo daily testing.

The Program

CORELLI
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 7

HANDEL
Sonata in G Major, Op. 5, No. 4

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051
Jason Fisher, viola
Sarah Darling, viola

VIVALDI
Concerto in D minor for two violins, Op. 3, No. 10
Christina Day Martinson, violin
Jesse Irons, vio

Join Boston Baroque "On the Lawn" for a socially-distanced outdoor concert on June 6 at the Lyman Estate. Performed on the veranda, the one-hour program for strings and harpsichord will feature music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Corelli.

There will be two performances, the first at 1pm and the second at 5pm, and both will run around one hour with no intermission. Audiences will be limited to 150 individuals per performance, and households will be seated in individual pods that will be socially distanced from one another. In the case of rain on June 6, the concert will be postponed to Sunday, June 20.

Ticket Information

https://bostonbaroque.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4U00000IJjltUAD

Tickets for this concert will be sold by the socially-distanced pod. Pods are limited to between 1-4 individuals.

There are two ticket levels to choose from: Level A seats ($75 per person) will be seated closest to the porch, and Level B seats ($45 per person) will be seated behind Level A.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this performance. No walk-ups.

Safety Protocols: Boston Baroque will adhere to all state and local safety standards and protocols, and are working with the city of Waltham in this endeavor. Masks must be worn at all times before, during, and after the performance. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and extra masks. A full list of safety protocols will be sent in advance to all attendees, including social distancing measures, contactless check-in, etc.

All attendees, staff, and musicians will be asked to stay home if they are sick the day of the performance. We have extended our refund policy through the day of the performance for this program, in case an attendee falls ill and is unable to attend. All unvaccinated musicians and staff will undergo daily testing.

The Program

CORELLI
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 7

HANDEL
Sonata in G Major, Op. 5, No. 4

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051
Jason Fisher, viola
Sarah Darling, viola

VIVALDI
Concerto in D minor for two violins, Op. 3, No. 10
Christina Day Martinson, violin
Jesse Irons, vio

04/30/2021

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb and vegetable plant sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. A wide selection of plants are available, as well as pottery and garden gifts. Get expert advice from our greenhouse staff while shopping.
Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

All guests must wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance. This is an outdoor sale with limited capacity, timed tickets.

May 7,8,9 and 15, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

For more info and timed tickets:
https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/herb-and-vegetable-sale/

Be sure to get tickets for "Songs to the Lute," the Boston Camerata's performance of Renaissance and Early Baroque songs...
04/28/2021

Be sure to get tickets for "Songs to the Lute," the Boston Camerata's performance of Renaissance and Early Baroque songs, filmed at Historic New England's Lyman Estate. Information follows...
Songs to the Lute
Streams May 15-31, 2021
A summit meeting in Renaissance and early Baroque song as Anne Azéma (voice) and Nigel North (lutes) explore intimate and sensual French repertoires.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36249
The program will be available for streaming at any time between May 15-31, 2021. There is no limit on the number of times you can watch the program during this time. Advance ticket buyers will receive an email containing the link to the video when it is ready to view, typically in the afternoon on the first day of streaming. During the streaming period, ticket buyers will receive the link in their email immediately after their ticket purchase.

02/09/2021

Use Historic New England's new app for Otis House to take a virtual tour!

The new web app includes information on Boston furniture, behind-the scenes photographs, a 360° tour of the house, conservation work, stories of the many people who have called Otis House home, and much more.

Start your tour here:

https://otis.house/

Notice: The Lyman Estate Grounds will close at Noon on Sunday November 15th for a special event.
11/13/2020

Notice: The Lyman Estate Grounds will close at Noon on Sunday November 15th for a special event.

11/03/2020
Holiday Happenings at Historic New England | Historic New England

Spend the holidays with Historic New England! Between house tours, open landscapes, and upcoming events, there are plenty of holiday happenings for you and your family to enjoy. ⛄

See the Eustis Estate with Victorian trimmings at our upcoming Victorian Holiday Market, take a guided tour of Gropius House, walk around Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm’s grounds, and more.

Safety remains our priority. All guests must wear a mask. Events have limited capacity and are optimized for social distancing.

For an updated list of open properties and upcoming events, visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/holiday-happenings-at-historic-new-england/.

Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass.: Open for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with one guided tour per day at 10:00 a.m. See the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England as part of the tour experience. Each guided tour is limited to six guests...

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

Photos from Lyman Estate's post

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07/17/2019

Photos from Lyman Estate's post

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

Sorry! This event is sold out.

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!

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Still time to sign up for "Discovering a Lost Landscape" with the Duchess of Belvoir Castle. Thursday at noon! https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/belvoir-castle
Join Boston Baroque "On the Lawn" for a socially-distanced outdoor concert on June 6 at the Lyman Estate. Performed on the veranda, the one-hour program for strings and harpsichord will feature music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Corelli. There will be two performances, the first at 1pm and the second at 5pm, and both will run around one hour with no intermission. Audiences will be limited to 150 individuals per performance, and households will be seated in individual pods that will be socially distanced from one another. In the case of rain on June 6, the concert will be postponed to Sunday, June 20. Ticket Information https://bostonbaroque.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4U00000IJjltUAD Tickets for this concert will be sold by the socially-distanced pod. Pods are limited to between 1-4 individuals. There are two ticket levels to choose from: Level A seats ($75 per person) will be seated closest to the porch, and Level B seats ($45 per person) will be seated behind Level A. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this performance. No walk-ups. Safety Protocols: Boston Baroque will adhere to all state and local safety standards and protocols, and are working with the city of Waltham in this endeavor. Masks must be worn at all times before, during, and after the performance. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and extra masks. A full list of safety protocols will be sent in advance to all attendees, including social distancing measures, contactless check-in, etc. All attendees, staff, and musicians will be asked to stay home if they are sick the day of the performance. We have extended our refund policy through the day of the performance for this program, in case an attendee falls ill and is unable to attend. All unvaccinated musicians and staff will undergo daily testing. The Program CORELLI Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 7 HANDEL Sonata in G Major, Op. 5, No. 4 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051 Jason Fisher, viola Sarah Darling, viola VIVALDI Concerto in D minor for two violins, Op. 3, No. 10 Christina Day Martinson, violin Jesse Irons, vio
Be sure to get tickets for "Songs to the Lute," the Boston Camerata's performance of Renaissance and Early Baroque songs, filmed at Historic New England's Lyman Estate. Information follows... Songs to the Lute Streams May 15-31, 2021 A summit meeting in Renaissance and early Baroque song as Anne Azéma (voice) and Nigel North (lutes) explore intimate and sensual French repertoires. Tickets can be purchased at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36249 The program will be available for streaming at any time between May 15-31, 2021. There is no limit on the number of times you can watch the program during this time. Advance ticket buyers will receive an email containing the link to the video when it is ready to view, typically in the afternoon on the first day of streaming. During the streaming period, ticket buyers will receive the link in their email immediately after their ticket purchase.
Notice: The Lyman Estate Grounds will close at Noon on Sunday November 15th for a special event.
Spend the holidays with Historic New England! Between house tours, open landscapes, and upcoming events, there are plenty of holiday happenings for you and your family to enjoy. ⛄ See the Eustis Estate with Victorian trimmings at our upcoming Victorian Holiday Market, take a guided tour of Gropius House, walk around Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm’s grounds, and more. Safety remains our priority. All guests must wear a mask. Events have limited capacity and are optimized for social distancing. For an updated list of open properties and upcoming events, visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/holiday-happenings-at-historic-new-england/.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb sale — now held online! Order online and schedule an appointment to pick up your plants at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/plant-sales-at-the-lyman-estate/
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/
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/
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.