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Tour the Ellwood Mansion

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Explore the 1879 Ellwood mansion on a guided tour.

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Ticket fees will be collected at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center before the start of each tour. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $5 for adults 18+
  • $3 for youth ages 6-17
  • Free for children 5 and under
  • Free for Museum members


Wednesdays through Saturdays, join a knowledgeable guide for a walk-through of the historic mansion's first floor and basement. See some of the home's most opulent rooms first-hand, and explore areas closed off to Ellwood guests, where staff and servants worked to keep the house running.

Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. After the tour, your group is welcome to explore two floors of exhibits in the Visitor Center galleries.

Please note:

  • Reservations must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Masks are required and hand sanitizer will be available in all buildings.
  • Tours begin in the Visitor Center, located behind the mansion.
  • A lift is available to bring visitors to the first floor.
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The Ellwood House Museum is a historic mansion situated on ten acres of parkland in the heart of DeKalb, Illinois. The museum campus consists of seven historic structures (including the 1879 Ellwood Mansion and 1899 Ellwood-Nehring House), four gardens, and 6,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Patience Ellwood Towle Visitor Center, a converted and expanded 1912 multi-car garage. Originally built for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood, the Mansion was home to three generations of the Ellwood family from 1879 to 1965.

Our mission is to engage visitors with authentic examples of ingenuity and architecture by sharing the Ellwood mansion, gardens, and museum campus.Operated by the not-for-profit Ellwood House Association in conjunction with the DeKalb Park District.

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