• Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his study, circa 1875.

    Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Guided Tours

House Tours

Tours of the house are offered at 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning, and at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. There is a 15 person per tour limit, and they are operated on a first-come first-served basis. The Visitor Center is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Not all tours of the house are the same. Some focus on Henry Longfellow's poetry, another might discuss George Washington's residency, and a third could focus on the art, furniture or some other aspect of the house and its story. If you are interested in a specific theme or part of the house's history, be sure to inquire with the rangers.

The tours encompass rooms on the first and second floors of the house, and generally last about 45 minutes.

Walking Tours

Walking tours of the grounds and neighborhood are offered Wednesday to Saturday at 2:30 p.m. These tours are of approximately an hour in duration. Be prepared with comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen, etc. At this moment, we are offering four distinct themed tours. They will be given on the following schedule every week:

Wednesday- Colonial Cambridge and the Coming of Revolution

Thursday- "Procession of Flowers:" Exploring the Longfellow Landscape

Friday- This is the Place: Longfellow's Literary Cambridge

Saturday- Photographic Memory: A scavenger Hunt through 100 years of Cambridge History

Did You Know?

Charles Sumner, by Eastman Johnson, 1846.

Charles Sumner, the orator and senator from Massachusetts, was one of Henry Longfellow's best friends and a frequent visitor to the house on Brattle Street.