about us

For over 100 years, the Sargent House was the home of sea merchants, patriots and community leaders. A fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, the house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women's equality.

Today, the Sargent House Museum seeks to engage the public in the life, times, writings, and home of Judith Sargent Stevens Murray, a pioneering advocate of women’s education and equality. Moreover, the Sargent House Museum seeks to empower women and men, young and old, to value women’s equality, education and role in the community  for the benefit of the common good.

Visitors to the Sargent House Museum will also learn about the early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country's premier seaport. In addition, visitors will be able to explore a collection of original works by the great portrait painter, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), a descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Post-Revolutionary Gloucester.

Simply visiting the gardens and touring the house reminds us of the importance of preserving our past even as we celebrate our future.


Plan your visit



49 Middle Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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DAys and hours

Friday - Sunday
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Saturday - Sunday
Labor Day through Columbus Day
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM


$ 12 - Individual
$ 5 - Student
Free - Sargent House Museum Members

Become a Member
Book a Private Tour
[6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit


Phone : 978.281.2432
Email : office@sargenthouse.org


Follow Route 128 North to Gloucester, Massachusetts until Grant Circle. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Washington Street. Follow Washington Street for an half mile until the intersection with Prospect Street. Take a left onto Prospect Street and follow until School Street. Take a right onto School Street then your next right onto Middle Street. The Sargent House Museum will be on the left less than a block down.



Metered parking is available along Middle Street, as well as on Main Street. Additionally, a municipal lot is available at the end of Middle Street at the intersection with Pleasant Street.


The MBTA Commuter Rail has daily service from Boston's North Station to Gloucester. From the Gloucester Train Station, proceed down Railroad Avenue until the intersection with School Street. Follow School Street until the intersection with Middle Street; turn right. The Sargent Museum will be on the left less than a block down. 

I am surprised by the wealth of antiquity and history. Many historical figures who changed the history of the USA are among the list of visitors.
— Grace from Gloucester, February 2016