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.

“To stand in the room where Oscar wrote the words to Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ is to know in your bones that, for anyone who loves the American musical, the successful preservation of Highland Farm is the worthiest of causes.”

—Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal columnist and biographer

Site Plans

Our current plans for the center include a guided tour of the historic home where Oscar lived for 20 years while writing his “big five” — Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music. After viewing a short film, visitors will explore the converted bank barn, a museum showcasing interactive, multimedia exhibits featuring Oscar I, Oscar II, his mentors, collaborators, and protégés. The barn will also become the new home of the Theatre Arts Center, where young aspiring theatre artists can hone their singing, dancing and acting skills, inspired by Oscar’s legacy. 

The site plans were developed by Van Cleef Engineering Associates.