Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
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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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Travel J
Lemont, IL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The library is so lovely, the attention to detail just remarkable. It was so interesting steping back in time to see a Victorian home. The home is well cared for, and the items very interesting. Our tour guide was very informative and happy to answer questions. So glad we went here. The suspension bridge is fun to cross, never was on one before. The grounds are well maintained. It was nice to hear the family history, and to see items used back them. Definitely worth touring.
Written November 6, 2021
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lizakq
Naguabo1,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Was in Rockford for just a few days and was looking for things to do; glad I decided to visit this place. First of all if you like houses that are museums and hearing stories of their former owners then this is an activity for you. The place is gorgeous with lots of 1800's original furniture from the house. The tour guides were just amazing. It's reasonably priced and duration was like an hour and a half approx. When we visited it was just my husband and I which made it in my opinion more enjoyable. If you are in the area you really should consider this tour.
Written November 1, 2021
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Sherry C
Wadsworth486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We really enjoyed this tour and learning about this family. Our docent was fabulous, and we had a 'private' tour, as we were the only ones there at the time. She was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all of our questions and point out 'little extras". Even our tween granddaughter enjoyed it ... that's a definite plus! Mr. Tinker was so talented in many different areas, and his work was truly amazing. It's quite a testament to his workmanship that much of the house is original. We also were able to walk around the grounds in the morning, when the tours were not available, but learned about it when taking the tour. Beautiful piece of property. I'm glad we had the time to take the tour, and would highly recommend it to others when visiting the area. We learned they also do paranormal tours, and I think we 'need' to go back and do that. Sounds great!
Written October 12, 2021
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Cindy S
Saint Clair Shores, MI43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Interesting to hear about the family living in this home - docent was knowledgeable and added some humor to a very enjoyable tour.
Written June 19, 2021
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Lynn and Rich
Lake Geneva, WI141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The woodwork in this house is enough to enthrall one. However, the house is so exact in its maintenance, everything is as it was when Mr. Tinker lived there. Jim, the guide, knew his info and gave us a wonderful tour, full of little historical tidbits about the family members. The grounds are simple, must have been magnificent at one time, the place is a real treasure.
Written May 8, 2021
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leslie t
Cherry Valley, IL31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We went with the kids and we were the only folks there as it was snowing pretty hard the day we went. I enjoy history and old things so I found it quite enjoyable. I have teen boys and they were not as excited. But Rockford has many small gems such as this and it is worth the visit.
Written October 27, 2019
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Kay M
Augusta, GA1,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This Swiss-inspired house is not in the center of Rockford, but it is not a long drive. Robert Inker built this house beginning in 1862 after traveling extensively throughout Europe where he loved Switzerland the most for its architecture. He was not only an accountant, but he was an avid painter, and there are many paintings on the walls in the house that he painted like postcards of famous places that he visited. He also painted frescoes of the seven wonders of the ancient world around the ceiling in another room. The most stunning room to me was the library with a fabulous spiral staircase that Tinker made himself out of a single piece of wood. He was a former mayor of Rockford as well. This tour takes about an hour, and is well worth your time. Discounts for seniors and military are available.
Written September 16, 2019
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billandgeorgeanna
Lake Havasu City, AZ386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Wow another gem in Rockford that has been saved. What a history. Great tour and history of the property, well worth the visit.
Written June 2, 2019
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JerryMadison
Madison, WI46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
I had only come to the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum looking for something to do in Rockford for a day trip when my original plans fell through. I am so surprised I have not heard of this museum before. I live in Madison, WI. What a gem! It is one of the the best Residential House Museums I've ever been to.....and I've seen more than my share. The house has all kinds of character with good stories about the house and people as told by my tour guide. The tour was 90 minutes. Add another 30 minutes for outside. The outside of the house makes for a nice walk, especially crossing the walk bridge. Tickets were only $8 per person. Really the best $8 I've spent in awhile. Well worth a trip to Rockford. 2 Tours daily at 1:00 and 3:00.
Written May 9, 2019
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dasco474
Dwight, IL259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
We were lucky enough to catch the last tour of the day and so glad we did! This historic Rockford home is so worth seeing - not your usual Victorian Home at all! And having all the original furnishings makes it so much more! Step back in time and soak up local history. There are quite a few stairs - very steep - and most of the rooms are quite small so keep that in mind when planning a tour. It is nice that the outbuildings are still there also. The dilapidated old factory off the corner of the property is the least attractive piece of the property. To call this a museum and "garden" tour is rather a stretch. It would be good if the grounds were a little more restored and landscaped.
Written August 20, 2018
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