Street Address
411 Kent St
Rockford, IL 61102
Mailing Address
411 Kent St
Rockford, IL 61102
phone: 815-964-2424
fax: 815-964-2466
Nov. 28 - Dec
General Admission Tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm
Jan.& Feb
Tours by Appointment Only
Mar. 1 - Oct 1
General Admission Tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm
Group and Bus Tours Welcome
Administrative hours
Monday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Students 5 - 17/$3
Children 4 and under/Free
Museum Type(s)
Beverly Broyles, Executive Director
phone: 815-964-2424
Donna Langford, Curator
phone: 815-964-2424
Steve Litteral, Director of Visitor Services
phone: 815-964-2424


Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is currently expanding its vision and is developing a new methodology for interpreting the Victorian Era represented by the buildings and the grounds and illustrated by the Tinker and Dorr families.
In 1943 Tinker Swiss Cottage opened to the public as a Museum. Tours, exhibits, programs and exhibits are offered year round for visitors of all ages.


Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is a treasure trove of a time gone by. Rockford, Illinois businessman Robert Hall Tinker built the home in 1865, perching it high on a limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek. His inspiration came from an 1862 tour of Europe where he fell in love with the architecture of Switzerland. Today the Cottage is one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States from the 1800s. The Tinker family, the sole occupants of the Swiss Cottage, left their home to the Rockford Park District and their household belongings to trustees after seventy-five years of residence. Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life a century ago.

Educational Programs

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens offers educational programs for audiences of all ages. Schools may arrange tours of the Cottage and hands-on opportunities for students that allow them to explore and use objects that are similar to those seen in the Museum. An Education Packet is available for educators containing pre and post tour activities for students.


Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the Rockford Park District


Access: Members

Appointment required: Yes