Orchard House is CLOSED through at least June 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions


In compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home Advisory, Orchard House will be closed through at least June 30, 2020.   

May we all be well.

A Message from Executive Director Jan Turnquist

Dear Orchard House Friends:

During this unsettling time, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

We miss you -- and, have noticed literally hundreds of you still stopping by Orchard House since our March 13th closure to enjoy our grounds and peer through the windows!  We wish we could invite you all inside the House right now, but we’ve created what we hope is a special “virtual treat” instead.

Via the magic of video, experience Orchard House with --

  • A 15-minute tour with me as “Miss Alcott.”  Having portrayed her around the world, and honored by Japan’s Empress and First Lady Laura Bush for doing so, it feels especially meaningful to portray her for you in her home!
  • A bonus 20-minute “up close and personal” chance to view, read about, and linger over original Alcott artifacts and the rooms of Orchard House
  • Also included is free admission for an in-person guided tour of the House “when the fates allow,” as Louisa would say

All this for only $10 -- less than the cost of a guided tour!

Videos with 48-hour access are available at Vimeo On Demand.  Tour admission is limited to one per rental, with no expiration date -- simply present your payment confirmation email at our Admission Desk after we re-open.  By purchasing this "virtual visit bundle" now, you also help to sustain our private 501(c)(3) non-profit, for which we are most grateful! 

The Alcotts’ response to the challenges of the Civil War era remind us that we can persevere through dangerous times and emerge with renewed strength born of compassion, grace, and a dose of grit!  We hope these virtual glimpses into the home of the Alcotts provide an uplifting experience for you, and thank you for your interest in and support of Orchard House.

We look forward to seeing you here as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please keep checking our website and social media posts for updates about our re-opening.

With gratitude and affection,

Jan Turnquist, Executive Director

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House 


We love our visitors, and hope you will become one soon, or, return for another visit!

Please take a few moments to browse our site for background on the Alcotts and Orchard House and to preview what you will experience here.  Important details about touring Orchard House are provided below to assist with planning a visit, whether you're an individual, couple, family, school, scout troop, or group excursion.  If you need further assistance, please drop us a line via the Contact Form near the bottom of this page.  

Parking for Orchard House

If parking spaces along the front of Orchard House are filled, additional parking is available in a large lot one short block away from us on Hawthorne Lane.  Please ignore signage that indicates this road is closed -- you are able to drive on this road to enter the parking lot.  A crosswalk allows safe passage across Lexington Road.  Please do not park on Alcott Road or block neighbor driveways.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Come for a Visit!

Touring Orchard House

  • The House is shown by guided tour only
  • Tickets are sold on an as-available basis in person at Orchard House (i.e., no advance or online purchase)
  • Tour times are established based on visitation levels, which fluctuate throughout the day; there are generally no pre-set tour times
  • We are usually unable to predict how busy any given day will be, nor guarantee that a particular time of day is better than any other to tour
  • We do our utmost to serve all visitors as promptly as possible
  • Groups of 10 or more must make reservations at least six to eight weeks in advance  (see below for details)
  • Orchard House is handicapped accessible on the first floor only; visitors with special needs or who are unable to climb stairs will be offered a variety of accommodations to enhance their tour experience
  • For reasons of security and visitor comfort, indoor photography, videography, and active cell phone use are not permitted; your cooperation is appreciated

Group Tour Reservations

  • Groups of 10 or more must make reservations six to eight weeks in advance
  • A $50 deposit is required to hold a group reservation and will be applied to the total tour cost
  • Cancellation of a group reservation must be made at least 48 hours in advance; deposits are only refunded if appropriate notice is received
  • To make a group reservation, email reservations@louisamayalcott.org or phone 978.369.4118 x106 on weekdays

Current Admission Rates


  • A calendar of our Special Events is available here
  • Information on School & Scout programming is available here
  • To make reservations for educational programming, send an email to  reservations@louisamayalcott.org or phone 978.369.4118 x106
  • Online pre-registration is available for public programs and special events

Interact with Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, visit us in person!

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742, United States


CLOSED through at least JUNE 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

Closed:   January 1 & 2, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Open 10 am - 2:00 pm:  Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve

Open at Noon:   Patriots' Day (third Monday in April)

Open Extended Hours (10:00 am - 4:30 pm): Veterans' Day, day after Thanksgiving, weekdays between Christmas and New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr Day, weekdays of February School Vacation

April - October Hours of Operation

Weekdays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm