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The 1890 House Museum

37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY 13045-2772
+1 607-756-7551
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If you have any respect for craftsmanship or history check it out.

We visited this morning. The young man who gave us the scoop and self guided tour book was really... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
april71
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Pa
Not worth it

This house is not worth the money to see it. The items in the house were sold at auction so they... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
travel0757
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Milford, Connecticut
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Explore 15,000 square feet of four floors within the Wickwire Residence in Downtown Cortland, NY. The grand limestone Chateauesque style mansion, built by industrialist and local philanthropist Chester F Wickwire and designed by architect Samuel Burrage Reed, features parquet floor, jewel-like stained glass windows, oak and cherry woodwork, and ornate decorative stenciling. The 1890 House Museum is part of the Historic District in the City of Cortland and ongoing restoration projects are returning this architectural treasure to its historic splendor. Come visit us and wander through our restored period rooms, view our changing exhibitions, and attend our special programs and events.
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY 13045-2772
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this morning. The young man who gave us the scoop and self guided tour book was really friendly and knowledgeable, The craftsmanship is amazing, check out the slate tiles on the roof and turrets. This is one of those buildings that make it...More

Thank april71
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This house is not worth the money to see it. The items in the house were sold at auction so they are not original to the home. The only thing that was nice is the fireplace area and the stain glass. It desperately needs to...More

Thank travel0757
Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience. When the last owner of the house passed away in 1973, the contents were sold at auction, but several of the objects from that auction have come back to the house, and we continue...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Online it mentioned a guided tour at 1230, but when we got there we were given the tour booklet to do at our own pace. It ended up being fine though as the booklet was informative. A couple of the rooms, as well as the...More

Thank Melissa W
Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're glad to hear you enjoyed the house, Melissa! Our ghosts had the day off ;)

Reviewed 18 July 2017

The architectural details are both beautiful and interesting. Doorknobs and hinges include designs of the wire screening which made the family wealthy. Like many similar museums more could be done with a large infusion of money, but what is there is impressive. There was no...More

Thank EMA595
Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, EMA595! The wire screening design is one of our favorite parts of the house, too.

Reviewed 1 March 2017

I feel that this building is not being used to it's full potential. The tour was nice for adults but my kids were a little bored. I think it might be a good idea for the organization to update the exhibits. More modern interactive exhibits...More

1  Thank carolfrench227
Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback! We are currently planning updates for our basement exhibition, as well as developing tours for children. Come back and see us!

Reviewed 20 October 2016

Took a tour of this beautiful building and decided that I'd definitely be staying there during my sons time at Cortland. There is so much history, beautiful grounds and finely decorated rooms and blocks from campus

Thank PEACENJOY61
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit PEACENJOY61! We hope you might visit us again the next time you visit your son and maybe attend one of our events or special tours.

Reviewed 14 October 2016

The house is so hot and muggy. Not handicap accessible. Too many offices and not enough museum rooms.More

Thank katydid34
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit to the Museum! We are working on our accessibility while maintaining the historic integrity of the building. This is an ongoing process and would love to hear your suggestions. We are also working on opening more...More

Reviewed 6 September 2016

I have been here a few times and always enjoy seeing how wealthy people in this area lived. A beautiful old mansion, and interesting history from the the late 1800's! Definitely worth seeing! Plan for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

Thank EdsGirlBoston
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Great suggestion on the time. There is so much to see it definitely takes at least an hour!

Reviewed 5 September 2016

We drove by this house on our way to one other local attraction. We stopped here and viewed the grounds. Wish we were able to go inside but we missed it.

Thank floydangel71
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

We are sorry we missed you! Hope that you get a chance to visit us again and view the inside. If you can not visit during our open hours, Thursday-Saturday 12-4 pm, we do hold private tours. Just call 607-756-7551 to book one!

Reviewed 27 June 2016

The 1890 House is a relic of 100+ years ago, when a person with a good idea could get nicely rich fairly quickly (and come to think of it, those times are much like today, but the good ideas are different). The whole building is...More

1  Thank chasinUpstateNewYork
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