United States

67 Grove Street
Phone: 508.888.3300

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens has something for everyone! The museum offers a unique experience ranging from quiet contemplation to active exploration. Heritage
Museums & Gardens, formerly Heritage Plantation, is located in the Village of Sandwich. The museum has been called “the jewel in the crown of Massachusetts attractions

Permanent Collection

There are three museums on the property: The JK Lilly, III Antique Automobile museum, featuring an outstanding collection of American automobiles; the Art Museum, featuring 18th century folk art and a working Loof Carousel, and the History Museum, currently hosting the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame. There is also a 200-year old working windmill. Heritage is most famous for its Charles O. Dexter rhododendrons, collected from around the world and hybridized to adapt to the Cape's climate. Other living collections include daylilies, hosta, holly, and a variety of woody plants and trees. There are also ample hiking trails of varying rigor.


The J. K. Lilly III Automobile Museum is a replica Hancock Village Shaker round
barn. The star of the collection is Gary Cooper’s lime green and primrose yellow 1930
Duesenberg Model J. Derham Tourster. It poses in bright contrast to the more sober
elegance of President Taft’s White Steamer, which was the first presidential vehicle. Indepth
labels contain expanded information about each automobile. An exhibit
features The Automobile Comes to Cape Cod. These automobiles were called
“horseless carriages

Exhibitions (6)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Heritage Discovery Days, June 2-3, including many gardening events, cooking demonstrations, a rare rhododendron auction, and the Cape Cod Antique Dealers' Association Spring Show and Sale. The Yarmouth Minutemen nad the Northwest Artillery will be doing a Revolutionary War Camp enactment. Noted garden designer Louis Raymond will be presenting: "Beyond Beauty, Beyond June: Plants ts & gardens that Mature with Style and Grace." Many family-oriented hikes, tours, games, crafts and activities will also be happening over the week-end.


Adults: $12
Seniors (+65): $10
Youth, ages 6-16: $9
Children under 5: Free
Members: Free
Member Youth: Free
Member Guests: $9

Opening hours

April 1 to October 31
Open 7 days a week
10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Getting there

From Boston: Take I-93 South to Route 3 South. Cross the Sagamore Bridge, on to Route 6. Take Exit 2 to Sandwich. At the end of the off-ramp, turn LEFT to Sandwich/Route 130N. Continue into town. At the Triangle intersection by the Old Town Hall, take a LEFT on to Grove Street. The Entrance to Heritage is on the LEFT.

From Providence: Take I-95 to I-495 to Cape Cod. I-495 becomes Route 25. Cross the Bourne Bridge. About 3/4 of the way around the rotary, take the turn for Route 6 (MidCape Highway). Take Exit 2. At the end of the off-ramp, bear LEFT to Sandwich, Route 130N. Continue into town. At the Triangle intersection, by the Old Town Hall, take a LEFT to Grove Street. The entrance to Heritage is on the Left.


Heritage has many amenities and facilities, including ample parking, numerous comfort stations (many with baby changing facilities), regular shuttle service, ramp access to all buildings, a museum store and a seasonal cafe. Security and First Aid are always available.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

Heritage has added extensive bulb gardens. This Spring is an Explosion in color as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs are in bloom.


Heritage is situation on property once owned by Charles O. Dexter, the noted hybridizer. In addition to the rhododendrons for which he is famous, Heritage also hosts a variety of other rare trees and plants bred exclusively for the New England Climate.


Heritage offers many programs for children, both at the museum and at the local schools. Heritage also offers programs for scout groups and families. Adult workshops and lectures are on-going.


Heritage offers special arrangements for groups of 20 or more. For more information on group admissions, contact Visitor Services from the website.


Heritage offers a Collections-in-Hand program, integrating Heritage's collections with school curricula, for local area schools. For more information, contact the Education Department at the website.


Among the many family programs for 2007:
Summer Family Fun Fridays, featuring family-oriented performers and crafts, coming in July and August; and Family Movie Nights Under the Stars, where families can enjoy a movie and a picnic on our expansive, manicured lawns, for September.


Museum Adventure Week and Museum Adventure Mornings, are scheduled for July and August. In these very popular programs, kids participate in nature and art crafts, museum exploration, outdoor activities, games, songs, storytelling and much more.


Among activities for Adults are: Yoga in the Gardens, the Croquet Club, lectures and workshops on horticulture, and digital photography. Concerts for 2007 are Grace Potter (July 18) and David Bromber (August 8). Three auto shows are scheduled: European Autos (June 9), Antique Autos (July 21), and Corvettes (Spetember 15).


Membership brings many benefits, not only at the museum, but with other organizations with whom Heritage has reciprocal agreements. To learn more about membership, contact the Membership Office at the web site.


Individual sponsors and Corporate partnerships provide a considerable amount of support for the many programs and excellent facilities. Upcoming Sponsorship events include The Enchanted Gardens Tour, this year offering a private view of the gardens of Chatham, (July 10) and The 10th Annual Heritage Cup Golf Classic, (September 26). For more information on corporate partnership, contact the Development Office from the web site.

Venue hire

Heritage is a popular location for weddings and corporate gatherings. The most popular venues are the Automobile Museum, the Windmill Garden, and the Sun Dial Garden. For more information on the venues available, contact the Functions Department from the website.