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.

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

09/27/2021

September 27, 1900: Leg acting bad again – don’t know what to do #poorBob #roughday #railroadaccident1900 #6monthslater #dailytinker

09/26/2021

September 26, 1867: Party at Will Talcott’s – wood wedding – Mrs. M carried wooden bowl full of grapes + flowers + rustic hanging vase #fallweddings #MaryManny #bridesmaid #dailytinker

09/25/2021

September 25, 1911: Wife moved beds + Kitchen up one story to winter quarters #rearranging #Cottagelife #JessieDorrHurdTinker #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/24/2021

September 24, 1880: Glucose tank caved in killing boy + doing another injury #ohno #Rockfordhistory #dailytinker

09/23/2021

September 23, 1909: Lund hung new furnace room window #MrLundstrom #Tinkeremployee #alwaystinkering #Cottageconstruction #dailytinker

09/22/2021

September 22, 1895: Insufferably hot + windy cooled off in the night – West end Mantel Factory burned #uhoh #itsgettinghotagain #RockfordHistory #dailytinker

Thank you all so much for attending our fundraiser last week, and thank you to those of you who were unable to attend bu...
09/21/2021

Thank you all so much for attending our fundraiser last week, and thank you to those of you who were unable to attend but sent in donations! Your support makes the continuous care of this museum and all of its events possible and we are so grateful. We also want to take a moment to thank our wonderful sponsors, who contributed to our raffle baskets; Curran's Orchard, Wolf Hollow, Lino's, Barnstormer Distillery, Ethnic Heritage Museum, and PRP Wine International.

Thank you all so much for attending our fundraiser last week, and thank you to those of you who were unable to attend but sent in donations! Your support makes the continuous care of this museum and all of its events possible and we are so grateful. We also want to take a moment to thank our wonderful sponsors, who contributed to our raffle baskets; Curran's Orchard, Wolf Hollow, Lino's, Barnstormer Distillery, Ethnic Heritage Museum, and PRP Wine International.

09/21/2021

September 21, 1909: Ivy…just showing color – Elms are drop’g leaves but all other trees fresh + green #Tinkergardens #autumn #fallleaves #dailytinker

09/20/2021

September 20, 1882: Put slate roof paint into cottage #Cottageconstruction #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/19/2021

September 19, 1866: I copied in crayon a Picture of Washington at Marchall’s #artsy #crayondrawing #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/18/2021

September 18, 1874: Found nothing done during absence #uhoh #BusinessBob #workersslackedoffabit #dailytinker

09/17/2021
09/17/2021

September 17, 1909: Mark cementing + began whitewashing old SE basement road #Cottageconstruction #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/16/2021

September 16, 1883: Walked over Brooklyn Bridge + down through Greenwood Cem. #TravelingTinkers #NewYorkvisit #Tinkerfamilytrip1883 #sightseeing #dailytinker

09/15/2021

September 15, 1864: Unwell – built new fence over the creek…Arbor seat finished #alwaystinkering #getwellsoon #dailytinker

09/14/2021

September 14, 1899: Am getting quite regular in my pm nap from 2 to 3 #livinglavidaloca #soundslikefun #dailytinker

09/13/2021

September 13, 1883: N.Y. City #TravelingTinkers #NewYorkNewYork #Tinkerfamilytrip1883 #dailytinker

09/12/2021

September 12, 1913: Weather is so cold + days getting so short will soon have to give up the pleasant grindstone table #fallweather #outdoordining #winteriscoming #dailytinker

09/11/2021

September 11, 1909: Clark set posts for barn yard fence #Cottageconstruction #workingfarm #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/10/2021

September 10, 1899: Put on black suit…Walked a little – read all day #feelingfancy #relaxingday #dailytinker

09/09/2021
National Grandparents Day

#tinkertopic time! Are you looking for a great way to spend #NationalGrandparentsDay? Well look no further!

09/09/2021

September 9, 1877: Dinner at [Mason’s] – Tea at Campbell’s #foodie #Bobscheduleshismeetingsaroundfood #smartmove #dailytinker

09/08/2021

September 8, 1874: Saw Joe Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle #supportthearts #RipVanWinkle #theatricalworks #dailytinker

09/07/2021

September 7, 1862: Blackburn + I took cars to Hampton Court. The old palace of English Kings for past generations #TravelingTinker #EuropeanVacay1862 #fancyfun #dailytinker

09/06/2021

September 6, 1881: Went to look at furnaces for Opera house #BusinessBob #RockfordOperaHouse #alwaystinkering #dailytinker

09/05/2021

September 5, 1862: Spent nearly all day getting the visa of foreign Consuls + Ministers in our Passports…Our books have quite a foreign air already #TravelingTinker #EuropeanVacay1862 #dailytinker

09/04/2021

September 4, 1872: Sick day poor Grandpa – Gearn + Hose operated on him #GrandpaJosephus #JosephusDorr #dailytinker

09/03/2021

September 3, 1901: Wife tried to talk to us in pm between hypodermic influence #MaryDorrMannyTinker #passedawaythisnight #dailytinker

09/02/2021

September 2, 1862: London. Purchased a lot of cutlery to send home + a pair of lightly colored spectacles for my poor eyes #letsgoshopping #TravelingTinker #EuropeanVacay1862 #dailytinker

09/01/2021

September 1, 1854: Found on a tree the following inscription R.H.Tinker 1846 – The name looked natural but the date had got out of all my recollection #TeenageTinker #treecarving #dailytinker

08/31/2021

August 31, 1909: Too cold for breakfast on “grindstone” #morningchill #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 1pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 1pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 1pm - 4:30pm
Friday 1pm - 4:30pm

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.