Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums and Gardens is comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts. It includes galleries for American Folk Art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions.
The gardens feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is from Memorial Day Weekend to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. The grounds also include the Old East Mill, a windmill built in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1800, and extensively restored in 1999-2000. In 2002, a labyrinth was also added to the grounds, designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America. Also located on the grounds is the Hart Family Maze Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden and Secret Shelters, which are artistic shelters tucked around Heritage’s trees, hills and hidden spaces featuring designs by artists and architects for contemplating nature, practicing the art of meditation, writing poetry, gazing at the heavens and more.
The gardens and gallery buildings are accessible via walking, wheelchair or electric scooter. A limited supply of wheelchairs is available at the ticket office. Transportation that is dedicated for visitors with mobility challenges can be accessed at six fixed stops throughout the grounds at benches marked with the International Symbol of Access. The transport is intended to help visitors with mobility challenges experience and enjoy the grounds and exhibits. Transport makes continuous loops approximately every 20 minutes.
Special Exhibitions Gallery
The Special Exhibitions Gallery is a replica of the Revolutionary War building known as The Temple of Virtue in New Windsor, New York which is known as the location where George Washington bestowed the first Purple Heart to a wounded soldier.
American Art & Carousel Gallery
The American Art & Carousel Gallery houses our working 1908 carousel that was manufactured by Charles Looff and features hand-carved animal figures including an ostrich, frog, zebra, cat and deer. In addition, this gallery hosts a large collection of New England folk art – paintings, weather vanes, Nantucket baskets, scrimshaw, shop signs and more.
The Automobile Gallery includes an impressive collection of antique automobiles within a replica of the Shaker Round Barn in Hancock, Massachusetts.
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily Mid-April through Mid-October | 10am - 5pm