We offer guided tours of both the Ellwood Mansion and the Ellwood-Nehring House. All guided tours last approximately one hour and start inside the Visitor Center, where tickets may be purchased. Our regular tour season begins on March 1 and ends on November 30. See LEARN for more information about educational programming and school visits.
The Visitor Center contains four exhibit galleries, which are free and open to the public daily 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM from March 1 through November 30 (closed Mondays and major holidays). See RENTALS for information on booking your event at one of our available venues.
GUIDED MANSION TOUR ADMISSION
Students & Seniors: $7
AAA Members: $7
Youth ages 6-17: $3
Children under 6: Free
Ellwood House Members: Free (see information on memberships)
GUIDED TOUR schedule (MARCH 1 – NOVEMBER 30)
A guided tour through 3 floors and the basement of the 1879 mansion. Guided tours take approximately 60 minutes.
Tuesday - Saturday: 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM
HIGHLIGHTS TOUR schedule (mARCH 1 – NOVEMBER 14)
A guided tour of the first floor levels of both the Ellwood-Nehring House and the mansion. Highlights tours take approximately 60 minutes.
Friday: 2:00 PM
Saturday: 2:00 PM
large group tours
Tours for groups of ten or more may be scheduled in advance. Due to the high number of visitors, group tours take approximately 90 minutes. Please call 815-756-4609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
visitor center exhibit galleries
The Visitor Center contains four exhibit galleries, which are free and open to the public daily from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (closed Mondays and major holidays).
Holiday 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.
Tuesday - Thursday: 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Friday - Sunday: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM
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
Holiday tour & open house admission
Youth ages 6-17: $5
Children Under 6: Free
Ellwood House Members: Free
Gardens & Grounds
Situated on a ten-acre estate, the Ellwood House Museum and Park features grassy lawns, a wooded area, formal gardens,
two native garden areas, and the Berg Garden.
The gardens reflect two generations of the Ellwood family and incorporate changing ideas about architecture and the landscape. Influenced by both Harriet Ellwood and her passion for Victorian collecting of exotic plant types and May Ellwood’s pursuit of an
Arts and Crafts garden, the grounds are a perfect place to explore.
The gardens and grounds are open dawn to dusk and can be investigated seven days a week without a tour guide.
Photography & Video Policy
Exterior photography on the grounds is allowed. Interior photography is prohibited everywhere except the Visitor Center.
Entrance to the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center and parking lot can be reached by traveling west on Augusta Avenue to Linden Place.
See the home page for an area map, or find directions at google.