Falconry is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. It is also the demanding art of training a predatory bird that is by nature wary of people to hunt cooperatively with a human partner. While the sport has a 4,000 - year history, its glory days were indisputably the medieval period. While this presentation centers around live birds used in falconry, it is not a flight demonstration but a history-rich look at an ancient sport. Focusing on the medieval period, it explains the characteristics of the birds of prey used, how the sport reflected the lifestyle of the time, and the historical reasons behind falconry's rise and fall.
Tickets for this event are $20 adults, $10 kids ages 5 to 12, and ages 4 and under are free but require a ticket. This ticket grants you access to the Falconry & the Medieval World: A Live Bird Presentation which will be held in a tent on the ocean-facing lawn as well as access to the Museum Shop. A separate tour ticket will be required to enter beyond the Museum Shop for a guided or self-guided tour. If you wish to tour Hammond Castle Museum at the conclusion of this program, ticket-holders may purchase Self-Guided Tour tickets in the Museum Shop at a 20% discount. All proceeds from this educational program support additional educational programs and ongoing Museum restorations.
*There are two sessions available for this presentation: 11:00am and 12:30pm.