The Ellwood House Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of visitors and supporters to fulfill its mission.



Ellwood House members enjoy a full year of exclusive benefits and experiences including special events, programs, and discounts, all while providing crucial support for programs, exhibits, and restoration.

Membership benefits & levels

All members receive the following benefits:

Free tour admission to the Ellwood House and Ellwood-Nehring House for one year

Invitations to special members' only events, such as the annual Holiday Members' Night

A subscription to the museum's quarterly newsletter, the "Ellwood House Herald"

A 10% discount on all items in the Museum Shop

($25/year, $48/two years)

Includes the benefits listed above for one person for one year.

($35/year, $65/two years)

Includes the benefits listed above for one household for one year.

($50/year, $95/two years)

Includes Family Membership benefits + 10% off rental rates in the Hearthside Room.

($100/year, $190/two years)

Includes Contributing Membership benefits + two free guest passes for our standard tour or the annual Holiday Open House.


Includes Contributing Membership benefits + four free guest passes for our standard tour or the annual Holiday Open House.


Includes Sponsor Membership benefits + one custom tour arranged at your convenience for your family or friends.


Includes Patron Membership benefits + one free use of the Hearthside Room for your private party.


For more information about memberships contact Scott Tews, Assistant Director by e-mailing or calling 815-756-4609.


The complex of buildings is both the property of the DeKalb Park District and the Ellwood House Association, Inc. (which runs the entire complex as a museum). The DeKalb Park District provides for building maintenance, repairs, utilities, tree care, mowing, and snow removal of Ellwood Park. The remainder of funds needed for restoration, collections, research, and museum operations must be raised from a variety of sources.

We work with individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support every facet of the museum. Individuals may join as a member, contribute to a special campaign, or make a general donation to the museum's greatest needs. The Ellwood Society engages individuals who have included the Ellwood House Museum in their estate plans or have established planned gifts to the museum. Corporations may support the Ellwood House in a variety of ways, such as sponsoring an event or exhibit. 

For more information contact Brian Reis, Executive Director by emailing  or calling 815-756-4609.


The Ellwood House is pleased to announce a three-year mansion restoration challenge grant in conjunction with the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janseville, Wisconsin. Please click the button below for more information about this exciting project.