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Address: 37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY 13045-2772
Phone Number:
+1 607-756-7551
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Thu - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Explore 15,000 square feet of four floors within the Wickwire Residence in...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
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New York City, New York
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Cortland, New York
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 would be nicer. I love the look and feel of the place. I would have... More 

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 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

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Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

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. More 

Cortland, New York
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69 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

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

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Thank katydid34
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

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 rooms for visitors. We hope you will return to see the changes in the future. More 

Boston
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194 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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.

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Thank EdsGirlBoston
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

Toronto, Canada
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98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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.

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Thank floydangel71
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

finger lakes NY
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283 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 open for public view (with a few areas closed off for office use) and the... More 

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Cortland, New York
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The 1890 House is a castle that has been restored to the 1890 era. The house was owned by a wealthy wire manufacturer who owned Wickwire Brothers in Cortland. This estate has been preserved. It is an excellent historical place to visit in Cortland.

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Thank Cynthia S
Cortland, New York
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Experience the splendor of the late 19th century at the 1890 House Museum. With 15,000 square feet over four floors, explore Cortland's Castle room by room. Best time to visit is between Thanksgiving and Christmas when it's all decorated- Victorian style. Great experience at anytime of the year. Hours of operation: Thursdays to Saturdays 12-4

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Took the tour of the 1890's house, although there was no tour guide (staff was short) they gave us a booklet describing each room which was informative, still wish we had a guide. The place is beautiful with original wood work and stained glass. Very interesting history worth the stop.

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1 Thank cindy d
Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and apologize for not being able to provide a guided tour. If you are ever in the area again and would like a tour you can always set up a private tour. These can be set up any day of the week by calling 607-756-7551. More 

Cortland, New York
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48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

I haven't take the guided tour of the house, but I've been through it high and low for their Easter egg hunts, put on yearly for the local children. It's a gorgeous house, well preserved, with plenty to see even without the benefit of the guides! Staff have always been gracious and welcoming, which is noteworthy in the context of... More 

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Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad you have enjoyed our Easter Egg Hunts! We love hosting community events like that and our Wassail Party. Come back for a tour some time! More 

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