Guided Tours & Programs

Ranger talking with visitors in the Longfellow House library
A guided tour in the Longfellow House library.

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Summer 2022

Visit Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters, open May 27-October 31, 2022. House access is by guided tour only; see below for details. Outdoor programs include talks, family activities, and the Summer Arts Festival.

 

Programs and Activities

 

Guided House Tours

Guided tours of the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House are free and open to all! Tours last 50 minutes. Before entering the house, your guide will help you store any bags, backpacks, jackets, and other bulky items in a locked closet in the Visitor Center.

Our staff has been trained to help make the site accessible to visitors with physical, sensory, and learning disabilities. Please note that the grounds, Visitor Center, and first floor exhibits are wheelchair accessible. The exhibits rooms on the second floor are accessed by a flight of stairs with a multi-level landing at the turn. 

Please click the tours below for more information.

Join a park ranger for an interactive 45-minute exploration of this home's layered history.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (including holidays)
10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM

First-come, first-served. (Same-day reservations for groups of 8 or fewer are available by calling 617-876-4491. For groups larger than 8 people, please see Group Tour Reservations.)
Limit 8 people per tour.

Connect key stories in the site's history to our lives today with a 45-minute "Deep Dive Tour."

  • Saturdays at 2:30 PM Slavery, Freedom, and Community at 105 Brattle Street

  • Sundays at 2:30 PM Queer History of 105 Brattle Street

  • Mondays at 2:30 PM Washington's Cambridge Headquarters

Limit 8 people per tour. Call us at 617-876-4491 to reserve your spot! For groups larger than 8 people, please see Group Tour Reservations.

Friday-Monday, 11:30 AM

This 25-minute tour of the Longfellow House is specially designed for families with young children! Explore the stories and stuff of this house with a ranger, use your historical imagination, and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Limit 8 people per tour. Call us at 617-876-4491 to reserve your spot! For groups larger than 8 people, please see Group Tour Reservations.

 

Make 105 Brattle Street your Friday evening destination! These conversational 45-minute tours of the house will explore the many intertwined stories of this house's 263 years.
August 26, September 23, October 28
Tours at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM (limit 8 people per tour)
Call us at 617-876-4491 to reserve your spot! For groups larger than 8 people, please see Group Tour Reservations.

 

 

Outdoor Programs

Join us for drop-in outdoor experiences on the lawn and in the garden.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM (drop in), Saturdays
Calling all kids and caregivers! Join us each Saturday morning starting June 17 for stories, activities, and play on the Longfellow House lawn. Drop in between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for new fun each week. Details here.
12:30 PM, Friday and Monday
Bring your lunch and meet our staff in the garden or on the lawn for a short, interactive dive into the past. This program is open to all ages and lasts approximately 20 minutes. Afterwards, stay to chat with staff and neighbors or just enjoy the garden!
 
 

Requesting a Group Tour

Groups may request a free tour of the house and/or grounds Monday-Friday during the closed season (November through late May), or Thursdays only when the site is open to the public (May 27-October 31, 2022).

To request a tour, please complete this Group Program Request Form at least two weeks in advance. Request approval is subject to staff availability.
 

Mask Use

See Alerts on the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site homepage for current mask requirements.

When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in Middlesex County, MA based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks. People may choose to wear a mask.

When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in Middlesex County, MA based on data provided by the CDC, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all buildings.

Check COVID-19 Community Levels at COVID-19 by County | CDC.

 
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Curious what's upstairs? Join Ranger Kate for a peek inside the private spaces of 105 Brattle St.

Last updated: August 8, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

105 Brattle Street
Cambridge , MA 02138

Phone:

(617) 876-4491

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