Realizing the Vision
A museum of musical theater. An education center for the arts. A celebration of Oscar.
Our vision for Highland Farm is exciting and clear. Along with the existing Michener Museum, Mercer Museum, Fonthill, and Pearl S. Buck International, The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center (OHMTEC) will provide the musical exclamation point for Bucks County’s cultural landscape — a destination for generations of Broadway fans and movie goers. The museum will celebrate Hammerstein’s work as a librettist, lyricist and humanitarian. By providing theatre education opportunities to students of all ages and levels, Highland Farm will continue to inspire future generations.
Plans for the Highland Farm property are two-fold: first, to preserve the historic home where Oscar and his family lived for 20 years while writing his “big five” — Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music. The home will be open to the public for tours, for all to see and experience the magic of the place where Oscar was when he penned lyrics such as, "The corn is as high as the elephant's eye.." Secondly, we will convert the barn to become a theatre education center, where young aspiring theatre artists can hone their singing, dancing and acting skills, inspired by Oscar’s legacy. The center will primarily seek to provide underserved communities the opportunity to pursue their passions in theatre.