The 1890 House Museum

Museum Membership


Experience the splendor of the late 19th century at the 1890 House Museum in downtown Cortland, New York. This grand limestone mansion, built by successful industrialist Chester F. Wickwire, is a symbol of the grandeur of the Victorian and Gilded ages. Designed by architect Samuel Burrage Reed in an eclectic Chateauesque style, the lavish interior of the thirty room mansion features parquet floors, jewel-like stained glass windows, oak and cherry woodwork, and ornate decorative stenciling.

Ongoing restoration projects have returned this architectural treasure to its Victorian and Gilded-Age splendor. The 1890 House Museum features restored period room settings, changing exhibitions, and special programs and events.

 Upcoming 2016 Events

Raffle for the Castle: A year full of Feast and Folly: The winner will receive a basket full of gift certificates from our favorite local and regional destinations. Valued at over $2500.00. Drawing will take place at the Spring Gala.        Tickets are $20 each/$100 will get you 6 and can be bought at the museum or from any of our board members. There are only 500 so get them while you can!

Spring Gala – Saturday, May 21st 7-10 pm: “Anything Goes” with music by JazzHappensBand a local group of musicians.  Hors d’ouevres, open bar, silent auction and “Raffle for the Castle” drawing.  An evening of music and fun awaits you!  Tickets are $50.00 a person.

Bands for the Castle – Sat., August 27th 6-9 pm: Join us in the renovated carriage house with entertainment by local musicians. Cash bar and great food available. Silent auction during event.  $10.00 per person 

Spirits in the Castle – Fall event-October 21 & 22 and 10/28 & 29 7:00 and 9:00 pm: Join experienced psychic Anne Knight and team of paranormal investigators as they seek out the Spirits in the Castle. Must be 12 years old or older, anyone under 18 years must be accompanied  by an adult. Advanced tickets $20. Day of event 21 & 28

Children’s Holiday Tea – Sat., December 3rd, 3-5 pm: Celebrate the holiday spirit and magic. Warm up with tea, coffee, and hot cocoa from our teacups. Fill up on    finger sandwiches and tasty homemade treats.  Tickets are $8 for children and $15 for adults.