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About Us

The Hammond's Mission 

  • The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden is an intimate oasis providing access to peace and mindfulness for all through our tranquil Japanese style gardens and innovative arts and education programs.


The Hammond's Vision

  • Our vision is to be a destination that connects our visitors to an inclusive world community through art and nature.


The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, in North Salem, New York, was founded in 1957 by Natalie Hays Hammond (1904-1985) as a place where Eastern and Western cultures could be appreciated and visitors could enjoy the beauty of nature. The Hammond consists of an art museum that presents a changing roster of exhibitions, as well as offering educational programs and classes. The highlight of the Hammond is the Japanese Stroll Garden, which occupies 3 ½ acres, is centered around its pond, and includes numerous rare Japanese plants and trees, as well as species native to Westchester. Also on the grounds is a traditional Japanese tea room, which was imported from Kyoto and is used for tea ceremony events. The Hammond is open to the public from April to November.


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