April 1 – “Thursday, April Fool’s Day, 1852 – I wasn’t made a fool of; the reason was that I’m so much of one already.” #TeenageTinker #AprilFoolsDay #dailytinker
Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries, clothing and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life during the Victorian Era. 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.
411 Kent St
Rockford Transit System stops at Winnebago Street entrance.
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.
|Tuesday||13:00 - 16:30|
|Wednesday||13:00 - 16:30|
|Thursday||13:00 - 16:30|
|Friday||13:00 - 16:30|
|Saturday||15:00 - 16:30|
|Saturday||13:00 - 14:30|
|Sunday||13:00 - 16:30|
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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.