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In writing about Haystack, Robert Campbell, architecture critic for the Boston Globe, described it as “so perfectly fitted to its site and its purpose that you never afterwards forget it.”  


Update: We are providing weekly, guided tours with Haystack staff—in July and August on Wednesdays at 1 PM—for people who would like to visit the campus. Out of an abundance of caution the campus is closed to outside visitors at all other times and public programs will not be taking place this season. We appreciate your understanding.

A view of the Haystack campus with the ocean in the background


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Haystack campus was designed by American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and is widely considered one of New England’s architectural treasures.

We will be offering campus tours on Wednesday afternoons July-August at 1pm. Pre-registration is required to attend.

Tools on a workbench in the Haystack studios

Public Events

Evening Presentations

Coinciding with each our summer sessions (1-6) Haystack faculty and visiting artists give presentations about their work, sharing ideas and influences with members of our community. These presentations have traditionally taken place on selected evenings in the Gateway Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

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Walk-through and End of Session Auctions

We also welcome visitors to attend studio walk-throughs and end-of-session auctions, which help raise funds for scholarships and studio improvements. Events that are held as part of Haystack’s Public Program Series, are traditionally held in the school’s Gateway Auditorium (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public. Studio walk-throughs and end-of-session auctions will not be taking place in 2021.