Location and Hours
5 Portland Street
South Berwick, Maine 03908
Please look for new hours in Spring 2021
From south, I-95 to Maine Exit 3; from north, after the York tolls, take Exit 2. Follow Route 236 north 10 miles to South Berwick. At intersection with Route 4, turn right. House is in center of town, where Routes 236 and 4 divide.
Ample street parking on Portland and Main Streets. Municipal lot on Portland Street within short walking distance of the house.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I park at the museum? Is there street parking?
There is ample street parking available surrounding the house and visitor center.
Are there restrooms?
Yes. There is an wheelchair accessible restroom in the visitor center.
Is the museum accessible to people with disabilities?
A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. The Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum has not been equipped with accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. We are glad to offer guests a visual tour of the second floor of the museum from the comfort of our reception area. Service animals are welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one.
Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?
All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.
Can I visit the grounds at any time?
The museum grounds and garden are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Can I take photographs inside the museum?
Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.
Is there a museum shop and restaurant on site?
Sarah Orne Jewett House has a small museum shop located in the visitor center. The shop offers a selection of books by and about Sarah Orne Jewett, local history, gift items, and Historic New England publications. The museum is located in South Berwick’s downtown area with multiple options for lunch. Our staff is happy to make recommendations.
How can I book a group tour?
Please call 207-384-2454 or visit our Group Tours page for information.
How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?
Join Historic New England now and help preserve the region’s heritage. Call 617-994-5910 or join online.
Do you provide admission discounts for EBT cardholders?
EBT cardholders from all fifty states can show their card for $2 admission to house tours for up to four guests per card.
About this Project
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