Become a Museum Member

We have a number of different membership options. At the most simple level, an individual membership to the museum is $40. 
Benefits for All Members
  • Free Admission to the Museum
  • 2 guest passes
  • 10% off at the Museum Gift Shop
  • Subscription to our e-newsletter
  • The Dual and Household individual membership packages provide free admission to spouses and family members

Household Memberships

Students/Educators: $25
Seniors: $30
Individuals: $40
Dual: $50
Household: $75

Entry Level Memberships

Our entry level memberships are the perfect place to start. Each level at the entry level will also receive 2 complimentary museum guest tour passes so you can share the museum with friends and/or family.

Basic Memberships

Enhanced Museum Memberships

Frederic – $150
  • Household Benefits
  • 4 additional guest passes
  • Quarterly mailing of our Museum Newsletter “Whisperings Around the Inglenook”
  • Acknowledgement in our E-newsletter
Charles – $200
  • Advanced access to event and program tickets
  • 1890 House Museum T-Shirt
Ardell – $300
  • 10% discount to all ticketed events
  • 1890 House Museum Poster
Chester – $500
  • Wickwire Crest Acknowledgement Plaque
  • Museum Patron Spotlight in “Whisperings Around the Inglenook”
Enhanced Memberships

Business Enhance Memberships

Each level named for the each business journey by Chester Wickwire, from his grocery store on Main Street Cortland that he opened in 1865 with the help of his father Raymond, to the development of the hardware store with his younger brother Theodore, and later the opening of the Wickwire Wire Mills Factory in partnership with Theodore that stood for nearly 100 years.

The Grocery Store – $250
  • 1 total hour of free venue rental (museum only)
  • 10 guest passes for business employees or clients
The Hardware Store – $500
  • 2 total hours of free venue rental (museum/grounds)
  • Acknowledgement/Advertisement in “Whisperings Around the Inglenook” Museum Newsletter
The Factory – $1000+
  • 3 total hours of free venue rental (museum/grounds/carriage house)
  • Prominent recognition on Museum Website
  • 10% discount for business employees and customers on Museum memberships, and 1890 Museum events.
Business Enhanced Memberships

Opening Hours

WINTER HOURS (October-April)

Thursdays to Saturdays Noon - 4pm

SUMMER HOURS (May - September)

Thursdays to Saturdays 11am - 5pm

Sundays 11am -3pm

Contact us

Feel free to contact us with Questions or Concerns by visiting our contact page located Here.

Give us a call during our hours of operation at 607 756 7551 or email us directly at

37 Tompkins Street

Cortland, NY 13045

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