Welcome to Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
The Dapper Gentleman Exhibit
September 28- December 15
The Dapper Gentleman exhibit visually explains what it was like to grow up as a male during the Victorian Era while focusing on the artifact remains of the Tinker family. The exhibit begins by exploring childhood and what was typical in regards to toys, dress, and parents attitudes towards children. The artifact remains of Theodore “Teddy” Tinker describe in detail some of the more peculiar Victorian trends when it came to childhood. The journey continues into adulthood where it diverges to illuminate leisure time verse work time. The work life of Robert Tinker was typical of many middle to upper class men of Rockford in the 19th century. Not only did Robert work in an office as an accountant and salesman but he also had luxurious gardens and ample farm land that needed regular care and maintenance. Work days were long and grueling but with the advent of new technology in-part to the Industrial Revolution, many Victorians were able to enjoy more relaxed time than their parents or grandparents could ever dream of. Experience the various leisure activities of Robert Tinker from drawings to furniture manufacturing, past habits to practical jokes.
A Tinker Christmas
The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens will be decorated for the holidays from November 29-January 12. Come and see the beautiful Cottage in all its Christmas glory, tour the rooms as you learn about the holiday traditions, and enjoy a Tinker Christmas.
Guided Tours are required for entrance into the museum:
1:00pm AND 3:00pm
Mark Twain Lecture
December 13, 7pm
Come and join us as Mark Twain is joined by his lovely wife Olivia will dispense invaluable advice that you can get nowhere else in the world! He will also discuss the wisdom he has gleaned over his many years on this earth.
Tinker is a Northern Illinois Food Bank drop-off site. If you have anything to donate, please stop by. From now until Christmas, if you donate a can, you will receive $1 off admission price. One can per person.
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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL 61102