Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrates American culture and inspires people of all ages to explore, discover and learn together. We do this through excellence in horticulture, garden design, outdoor discovery and the exhibition of great collections.
Jennifer Madden, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, will bring an item from Heritage’s collection of 12,000+ items to discuss its origins and history, fun facts about the object, and how it fits into American history. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and tell stories relating to the item as we share our collection with you. Come relax and enjoy a drink as you learn about and discuss an interesting object from Heritage’s collection.
Meet the people and plants that make Heritage one of New England’s top public gardens as part of this celebration with the American Public Gardens Association. Sandwich residents are free today with proof of residence. Staff Favorites: Windmill Garden Tour 11-11:30 am Tour the newly renovated Windmill Garden, and meet members of the Heritage Horticulture Team and their favorite plants in the garden. Noble Tree Tour 12-12:30 pm Horticulture Director Les Lutz leads this walking tour that highlights some of the best of Heritage’s mature collection of notable trees. Garden Highlights Walking Tours 1-1:45 pm and 2-2:45 pm Docent tour guides share favorite garden features. These programs are free with museum admission and do not require advanced registration.
Soar through the trees. Navigate across planks, ropes, cables, and platforms. Explore five different “aerial trails,” designed for everyone. Beneath the aerial trails – a beautiful Forest Walk awaits those who love nature. It’s all part of outdoor learning and discovery at Heritage.
Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for a tour of Heritage’s antique auto collection in storage. Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories about the cars in this area, while participants have the opportunity to closely examine the vehicles. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited. Purchase tickets
While Heritage Museums & Gardens always celebrates American art, this year features fabulous opportunities to enjoy a reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection and two temporary exhibits, The Wyeths: America Reflected featuring the work of three generations of Wyeths, and Secret Shelters, an outdoor contemporary art installation. Join Director of Collections & Exhibitions Jennifer Madden for a 45-minute tour of The Heritage Collection, an exhibit that presents highlights from the museum’s collection of folk, fine and decorative arts displayed in four themes that permeate American history: sense of home, work, place and conflict of ideas. Discover landscape paintings, folk art portraits, lithographs, redware, decorative bird carvings, and more, and get a sneak preview of what’s to come in The Wyeths: America Reflected and Secret Shelters exhibits, opening June 6.