School Tours

Admission is $4.00 for students. Teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers are free of charge. Teachers can request our Resource Guide.

Tour options

We’re happy to offer specialized school tours that may be customizable for your grade level and history focus. Please contact our Education Team at the museum for more information regarding any of the options below:

19th Century Life Tour

Our general history tour will transport students back to June 1, 1890 when the Wickwire family moved into 37 Tompkins Street. Discover Wickwire family life from two generations spanning more than 8 decades as you are guided through America’s Gilded and Progressives Eras and into the Roaring 20s. Learn about the family through original artifacts, photographs, furniture, and more as your House Guide takes you through more than a dozen rooms open to the public. From the East Parlor to the Cupola, this is a great tour to learn about the Wickwire family and Cortland’s industrial past.

The Invisible Servant: Domestic Life in the late 19th Century

Students will see the house from its other residents, the domestic servants. Learn their history, where they came from, and explore their day to day life as they moved throughout the house. Students will learn about the social divide and the role of immigration in domestic servitude.

Industrialist Inventor Tour

Take a closer look at the Inventions by Chester Wickwire and the modern conveniences found throughout the 1890 House. Students will view primary objects invented by Chester Wickwire, learn about patents, and experiment with re-creating popular and newly invented items of the late 19th century.


Please contact the museum at 607 756 7551 or email for more information or to arrange your school tour.

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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