Visit the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

The Jackson Homestead and Museum is open daily, except on Mondays and major holidays. The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds is open Wednesday through Sunday.

By car, both museums are readily accessible via the Massachusetts Turnpike, and also by public transit or bicycle. Parking at both sites is free of charge, and both sites are handicap-accessible.

For information about hours, admission, directions, tours, and public programs, please see the menu in the left sidebar.

Assistance for People with Disabilities

Historic Newton welcomes all people with disabilities to the Jackson Homestead.  The Jackson Homestead is a landmarked historic house and as such is a historical artifact for people to learn about life in Newton in the 19th century. If you have questions about access to the Jackson Homestead, please call 617-796-1450. If you have questions about the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, please call 617-641-9142.

Information for People in Wheelchairs

The Jackson Homestead has two handicapped parking places adjacent to its main entry. It has two floors of exhibitions: on the first floor and on the lower level. The first floor is accessed by a lift. The exhibitions on the first floor include a general introduction to the Jacksons and the Underground Railroad. They also feature changing exhibitions on various subjects which are outlined on our website. The lower level displays two major permanent exhibitions: the Newton History Gallery and Confronting Our Legacy: Slavery and Anti-Slavery in New England.

Visitors to first floor exhibitions should alert the staff to activate the lift so they can enter the museum. Visitors who wish to see the lower level exhibitions can access them at the rear entrance of the building with the help of Historic Newton staff. There are no accessible restrooms on the lower level, but the restroom on the first floor is fully accessible. We recommend that visitors with disabilities call in advance (617-796-1450); however, we are happy to help any visitor without prior notification.

The Durant-Kenrick House is a two-story building with historic exhibits and interactive games. All but two exhibit rooms are fully accessible to visitors with mobility issues.  A tablet with photos, text, and videos from the two inaccessible rooms is available for visitors' use.

Information for People with Hearing Disabilities or Visual Impairments

To arrange for a sign language interpreter for public programs at the Jackson Homestead, please call or email in advance (617-796-1450 or bjeffs@newtonma.gov). If you would like to look at the copy of the Anthony Burns script for the audio wands on the lower level of the Jackson Homestead, please call or email ahead (617-796-1450 or bjeffs@newtonma.gov) or inquire at the admissions desk. Visitors with hearing impairments can make inquiries about visiting the Jackson Homestead by e-mailing bjeffs@newtonma.gov or calling the city of Newton TTY service 617-796-1089. Please call 617-796-1450 to schedule descriptive guided tours for visitors with visual impairments.

To arrange for a sign language interpreter or to inquire about visits to the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for people with hearing disabilities or visual impairments, please email scole@newtonma.gov or call 617-641-9142. We will arrange a special visit for you, full of hands-on tactile experiences, including our smell garden!