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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens

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Address: 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: +1 815-964-2424
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Description: Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of...
Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of Rockford, Illinois. The museum complex contains the historic house museum, barn, and carriage house from the Tinker family. In addition, the property is the home of the founding site of Rockford and contains a Pre-Columbian Native American conical mound.
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More to the story than first meets the eye...

Give it a chance - there's much more here than first meets the eye – including three full floors (plus the barn) of ORIGINAL late 1800's family-heirlooms & furnishings to view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Give it a chance - there's much more here than first meets the eye – including three full floors (plus the barn) of ORIGINAL late 1800's family-heirlooms & furnishings to view (all donated by the Tinker family). Some things really stand out – for one, the story behind the place (which the tour guide has been relaying for 40 years!);... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place is unique and would be worth seeing but not for the admission price of $8.00 for adults. A very short movie began the tour then an older woman who was friendly but seemed to just want to get the tour over with was our guide There were no gardens to look at and some rooms we were told... More 

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Elwood, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This home has a lot to see. Very well preserved with all original furnishings and decorations. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, a little bit of a joker too.the tour lasted about an hour as there are 3 floors to see. The library we thought was the best spot of the home. Plenty of parking and a few picinc... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

One of the most complete houses with the original woodwork, murals and furniture that you will find. It is truly a work of art and worth hearing the story behind the house. It was great foresight of the family to donate the house to become a museum.

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This Swiss Cottage has the most ornate woodwork and furnishings I have ever seen in a Historic House. The cottage contains many items made of tree roots which were very unique. It has a spiral staircase made from one piece of formed wood that took a year of steaming and bending to get the final product. Most of the furnishings... More 

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Robinson, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I love this house, its so quaint and full of history. I felt like I was in Switzerland visiting a home.

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The is home has a great local history to it. It is nice that it is furnished with the family's belongings. The gardens are also historical. It's too bad that they are not maintained better. Spend the $7.00 and enjoy. It is closed on Mondays.

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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I use to take my girl scouts and cub scouts there to learn their town's history. I love to take out of town guests there also to show off our culture. Rockford is great place to live.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The tour guide is what made the whole experience really great. All the interesting facts she told us about the house were really great. We went in having no idea who Tinker was and left feeling very knowledgeable. The tour was maybe 60-75 minutes.

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Belvidere, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The story behind the Tinker Swiss Cottage is that the man who built it lived in a mansion nearby with his wife (unfortunately, the mansion has been torn down). He decided that he would like to build a little cottage for himself, although they both moved back and forth depending on the season. This cottage has many more rooms than... More 

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