The Ellwood House Museum presents a variety of special events throughout the year.

Memorial Day Program

Monday, May 29, 2017

Music at the Mansion

June 14, July 26, and August 16, 2017

This summer, the Ellwood House Museum is partnering with Kishwaukee Fest and FunME events to present a new live outdoor music series. "Music at the Mansion" will feature three concerts, one each month in June, July, and August. All concerts start at 7:00 PM on the mansion terrace. Concerts are open to the public and free to attend. Lite refreshments will be available for purchase by Boy Scout Troop 33.

Blues at the Mansion
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7:00 pm
Johnny and the Boomers

Jazz at the Mansion
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:00 pm
Mary J Harris Trio

Big Band at the Mansion
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Jazz in Progress Big Band

48th Annual Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 6, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a day of fun with art, music, and good food on the grounds of the Ellwood House Museum. The day will feature 20 artist booths, first floor tours of the Ellwood Mansion and Ellwood-Nehring House, live music, educational programming, delicious ice cream, and more.

Wine on the Terrace

Saturday, September 16, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Ellwood House terraces and gardens provide an elegant setting for an evening of wines, excellent appetizers, and music. This major fundraiser has become an eagerly anticipated community event.

Holiday Traditions

November 15 - December 3, 2017

Kick off your holidays with a tour of the elegantly decorated mansion between November 15 and November 30, or join us for our Holiday Open House weekend December 1 – 3.

Holiday Open House (December 1 - 3)

Friday, December 1: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM*
Saturday, December 2: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM*
Sunday, December 3: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM*

*Last tickets sold 30 mins. before closing


Adults: $10
Youth ages 6-17: $5
Children under 6: Free
Ellwood House Members: Free

MEMBERs' NIGHT (November 30)

Thursday, November 30: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All members are invited to a special preview of the decorated mansion. See JOIN & GIVE for more information about becoming a member.


Every November, the Ellwood House Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-30, our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. 

At the end of our regular tour season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend. Visitors may purchase tickets in advance in our Visitor Center or on our website starting September 1. Pre-purchased tickets may be presented at the front door of the mansion.

Volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.

Decorated Mansion Tours (November 15 - 30)

A guided tour through 3 floors and basement level of the elegantly decorated 1879 mansion. Guided tours take approximately 60 minutes. All guided tours start at the Visitor Center.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Friday - Sunday: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM