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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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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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Historic glimpse into Rockford

Phenomenal museum with beautiful scenery and decor! The library is breathtaking and the guides can answer almost any question you might have.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Phenomenal museum with beautiful scenery and decor! The library is breathtaking and the guides can answer almost any question you might have.

Thank ashep06
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Built by a local industrialist for his wlfe, it has been upgraded in recent years and now worth a visit. Of rather significant cultural interest. Not worth a long distance drive unless you combine it with Burpee, Nicholas, and Anderson Gardens

Thank Robert S
Coal City, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The docent was knowledgeable and patient. The video was informative as to what the home would be like. The home was well maintained for it's age and we were given ample time to ask questions, take pictures and view the house and grounds.

Thank DianeCD
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299 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Check hours and days when this museum is open (it was closed on Labor Weekend, so I did not see it inside, I will need to come back here). To my knowledge they have very short hours of operations, so check it before you go there. Otherwise , as me you would only see it from outside. But I do... More 

Thank Anna G
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank A Marie T
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Louise P
Elwood, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

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 

3 Thank Cecil S
Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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.

2 Thank Carlie
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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 

2 Thank Randy R
Robinson, Illinois
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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.

Thank Joy P

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