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

Music at the Mansion

July 5, July 26, and August 16, 2017

The Ellwood House Museum, FunME Events, and Kishwaukee Fest have partnered to bring an exciting new live music artist series to the DeKalb area in 2017. 'Music at the Mansion' will be held on the museum grounds on one Wednesday a month during the summer. All concerts begin at 7:00 PM, are open to the public, and are free to attend. Light refreshments will be available to purchase by Boy Scout Troop 33.

Blues at the Mansion
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7:00 pm
(rescheduled from June 14)
Johnny and the Boomers
concert will take place at the front of the Ellwood-Nehring House

Johnny and the Boomers

Johnny and the Boomers

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

Mary J Harris Trio

Mary J Harris Trio

Big Band at the Mansion
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
Jazz in Progress Big Band

Jazz in Progress

Jazz in Progress

Ellwood Summer Festival

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

Enjoy a day of fun with art, gardens, history, music, and activities on the grounds of the Ellwood House Museum. The day will feature 15 artist booths, first-floor historic house tours, live music, art and garden activites, delicious food, a raffle table, 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