Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries, clothing and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life during the Victorian Era.
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The Cottage is also one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States. Mission Statement:
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens preserves, protects and interprets Rockford's authentic history, heritage and culture to promote community and economic vitality. Vision Statement
TSCMG is widely recognized as the site where the threads of Rockford's early history are woven together to provide a context for growth and development.

The Cottage is also one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States. Mission Statement:
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens preserves, protects and interprets Rockford's authentic history, heritage and culture to promote community and economic vitality. Vision Statement
TSCMG is widely recognized as the site where the threads of Rockford's early history are woven together to provide a context for growth and development.

Operating as usual

07/12/2021

July 12, 1912: Had my good for nothing Electric which I had run not to exceed 1 ½ hrs. towed in to Philips garage #cartroubles #newtechnology #dailytinker

07/11/2021

July 11, 1862: My knapsack pillow is too hard + flat, making my ears ache. #poorBob #TravelingTInker #Europeanvacay1862 #dailytinker

07/10/2021

July 10, 1862: Our attention was called to a small whale which showed its back a few times + disappeared. #TravelingTinker #Europeanvacay1862 #dailytinker

07/09/2021

July 9, 1894: Marshall Law declared in Chicago 12 m. #PullmanRailroadStrike #Chicagohistory #dailytinker

07/08/2021
Tinker Topic - Nut Waffers Recipe

Today's #TinkerTopic takes a look at another one of Jessie Dorr Hurd Tinker's many recipes. This one came from her scrapbook of recipes she clipped from the newspaper. Our friends at the Graham-Ginestra House museum will be interested to see that Mrs. Graham submitted this particular recipe! 🤩

07/08/2021

July 8, 1886: Wife sent directly for Dr. McA fearing pneumonia #uhoh #feelbettersoonMary #dailytinker

07/08/2021

#TBT June 7, 1916: Rained gently all yesterday + hard all last night and to day deferring the opening of the Iris display #rainyweather #JessiesIrises #gardendays #dailytinker

07/07/2021

July 7, 1912: All staid at home…Dr. Walker nipt corn on leg stump #ouch #VictorianMedicine #dailytinker

07/06/2021

July 6, 1912: Forenoon in buggy spent at Cemetery, Sinnissippi + Blk Hawk Parks. #ILParks #localsights #GreenwoodCemetery #SinnissippiGardens #BlackHawkPark #summerfun #dailytinker

07/05/2021

July 5, 1918: I trim’d grape vine at upper end of bridge, letting in more light thro office window. #TinkerRenovations #Tinkergardens #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

07/04/2021

July 4, 1867: Lovely day. Picnic dinner on Withrow’s grounds with Dr. V. Robinson + Cornie - Ball game at fair grounds in afternoon #4thofJuly #picnic #baseballgame #celebrations #summerfun #dailytinker

07/04/2021

Tinker Swiss Cottage will be closed July 3-4 for the holiday weekend. Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

07/03/2021

July 3, 1917: Reinstated S. Cottage flag pole. #IndependenceDayCelebrations #CottageConstruction #dailytinker

07/03/2021

Tinker Swiss Cottage will be closed July 3-4 for the holiday weekend. Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

07/02/2021

July 2, 1881: Garfield Shot. #PresidentGarfield #assassination #thisdayinhistory #dailytinker

07/02/2021

Tinker Swiss Cottage will be closed July 3-4 for the holiday weekend. Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

07/01/2021

Today's #TinkerTopic shows you one of Jessie Dorr Hurd Tinker's many recipes from her collection! 🍰

07/01/2021

July 1, 1917: Wife found green peas for Sup! #yum #veggies #someonesexcitedaboutpeas #dailytinker

07/01/2021

#TBT June 6, 1913: School children’s parade a grand success #hooray #springtime #parades #RockfordIL #dailytinker

06/30/2021

June 30, 1912: Took Wife + Ted to 9:30 S.S. In p.m with Ted visited BH #busyday #SundaySchool #familytime #dailytinker

06/29/2021

June 29, 1900: Tried my new leg in 4 noon. On trying to put it on in pm found stump too much swollen #Railroadaccident1900 #almost4monthslater #ouch #feelbettersoonBob #dailytinker

06/28/2021

June 28, 1922: About 20 from McFarland Child Home had picnic. Supper around the Grindstone table #McFarlandchildrenshome #homefororphansandillchildren #Tinkersfavoritecharity #Jessiesfavoritecharity #dailytinker

06/27/2021

June 27, 1892: Finished shingling office. River dropd 5 in. #alwaystinkering #hotsummer #dailytinker

06/26/2021

June 26, 1881: Woodbury’s annual bady show + floral concert assisted by canary birds #summerfun #Victoriangardens #dailytinker

06/25/2021

June 25, 1891: Looking up prop to exchange for ranch #propertyexchange #tradingplaces #Coloradoranch #dailytinker

06/24/2021

June 24, 1901: 98! Finished stone work on Creek path. Very hot but no showers #heatwave #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

06/23/2021

June 23, 1870: Left Honolulu in Ajax at 10:30 am #HawaiianHoneymoon #RobertandMary #HerSisterandHisMotherJoinedThemOnTheirHoneymoon #headingbackhome #dailytinker

We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers, and today was our June Volunteer Picnic! 🥰 If you are...
06/22/2021

We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers, and today was our June Volunteer Picnic! 🥰 If you are interested in joining our volunteer crew, please call us at (815) 964-2424 or email us at [email protected] 🤗

06/22/2021

June 22, 1909: Took old stove from basement out doors + set up kitchen stove in basement #CottageConstruction #letsswitchitup #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

06/21/2021

June 21, 1878: Double ex*****on at Cook Co jail – cold + rainy #yikes #Victorianlegalsystem #Bobwatchacouplehangingsinhistime #dailytinker

06/20/2021

June 20, 1881: Decoration Com of Opera House. Inspected Scenery #BusinessBob #alwaystinkering #busyBob #RockfordOperaHouse #dailytinker

06/19/2021

June 19, 1917: Pleasant day – Successful opening of Iris exhibit #flowerpower #gardenshow #JessiesIrises #dailytinker

06/18/2021

June 18, 1890: At 3pm rec’d first letters from home about flood #TravelingTinker #outinCO #Rockfordflooding #dailytinker

Address

411 Kent St
Rockford, IL
61102

Rockford Transit System stops at Winnebago Street entrance.

General information

Open for guided tours. Tuesday - Sunday. 1pm & 3pm. Closed on Mondays Tours are $ 8 for Adults $ 7 for Seniors $ 5 for Children Children 5 & Under FREE. Accessibility: Due to the nature of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, accessibility is limited. There are no ramps leading into the museum nor elevators inside the museum.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:30
Thursday 13:00 - 16:30
Friday 13:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(815) 964-2424

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Our Story

When Robert’s second wife Jessie Dorr Hurd Tinker passed away in 1942, she deeded the Cottage and its contents to three trustees in hopes becoming a museum, while simultaneously leaving the gardens and land surrounding it to the Rockford Park District. The Tinkers hoped to always have a park-like setting surrounding their home for visitors to enjoy. The museum has been open since 1943 and continues to work with the Rockford Park District in welcoming visitors to the Tinker Swiss Cottage and the founding location of our great city.

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Love the cottage 🥰 I watched the episode of Ghost Hunters a few days ago, and now I want to see yall in person! Maybe we can scoot up your way next spring. In the meantime, I made a Sims house of the cottage. Floor plans would have been very helpful, but I can't find them online.
I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU HAVE AN IRIS COLLECTION. IS THAT TRUE? WHO TAKES CARE OF IT? LINDA HAYES
Took my three best friends from high school in Chicago to visit Tinker last week. We are in our 70's and have toured MANY house museums. The girls all thought Tinker was the best tour they had enjoyed. Docent Ann was incredible. She was so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. And Rich was a great help also. Thank your for providing such a pleasant afternoon.
Please help me congratulate Samantha Hochmann’s for her promotion to Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage and Gardens! Press Room FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4th 2019 – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens promoted Samantha Hochmann to Executive Director. Samantha replaces Steve Litteral who relocated to Tennessee last August. She is responsible for all operations, management and activities of Tinker Swiss Cottage as prescribed by the Board of Trustees. Since August of 2018 Samantha has been the interim Executive Director and has proven her ability to fulfill the requirements of the position. Prior to this, Samantha held the position of Director of Education at Tinker Swiss Cottage where she would give tours, host events and manage the gift shop among many other things. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in History from Northern Illinois University. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens preserves, protects and interprets Rockford's authentic history, heritage and culture to promote community and economic vitality. Contact Samantha at 815.964.2424 or via email at [email protected]
Susan - You really need to come down and do this tour! I'll go with you - with your geneology - you will love this......
Do you guys still do the event where you bring kids and they are dressed up in their costumes and do different activities.
Are you having paranormal tours this year? If so, I'd like to book a tour for my mom and I.
"Twirl everyday, be kind and make good wishes." - how to be a princess according to Snow White. Fairytale Tea Party July 8, 2017 We had a magical time. Thank you Tinker Swiss Cottage
Thank you so much for hosting a fabulous Fairytale Tea Party. Princess Abrianna (my granddaughter) and I had a magical time. The attention to detail, the food, the staff, the performers...everything was well thought out and just perfect. We will be back.