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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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Amazing story behind the Swiss cottage

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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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 29 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 11 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 31 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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Rockford, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

First let me say the house was beautiful, other than that I would like my money back! I went to the European exhibitionand whoever put the displays together did an awful job! Looked like some a kid would do. Really RPD maybe you should hire better staff!

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Ashley D, Public Relations Manager at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your visit. We are glad to hear that you thought the house was beautiful! I must clarify that your exhibit on the Traveling Tinkers WAS put together by grade school students, specifically those in the 3rd-5th grade classes. It was designed in conjunction with our Tinker to the Schools... More 

Scotts, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Now, during the winter, is the time to visit. Jo, an awesome docent, gave a tour of a beautiful house where you are able to see everything up close (no ropes) and photos without flash are allowed. Many wonderful stories regarding the Tinker-Dorr families made the home alive. If you enjoy the Victorian Age, inventions, art, and beautiful craftsmanship, this... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I don't know what advertisement I was looking at to lead me here, but thought this more of an amusement and historical site with slide-down shutes. Anyway, I took the tour in a fairly large group. It left right on time. It went both fast and slow. The tour guide got us into and out of rooms quickly, but once... More 

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Address: Address: 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL
Phone Number: +1 815-964-2424
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford

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