The 1890 House Museum


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.

The 1890 House Museum will be closing at 2:30 pm on Saturday December 3rd for our annual Children’s Tea. For more information see below. 

 Upcoming 2016 Events

Tea Set

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 and can be found by following the link below.

SOLD OUT! Thank you so much for your support.

Annual Wassail Party – Sunday, December 11th, 1-5 PM: Ever popular event, see the Museum fully decorated for Christmas. Traditional wassail and cookies will be served. Christmas carols will be performed and Christmas stories will be read. Free and open to the public.