Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. at Augusta Ave., was built by Isaac Ellwood, the principal manufacturer of barbed wire. Guided tours of the 1879 Victorian mansion include all four floors, highlighted by an English-style living room and a three-story rotunda. Featured on the grounds are gardens; a visitor center with three exhibit galleries; the Little House, a Victorian-era playhouse; and the Ellwood-Nehring House, an 1899 Tudor-style house. Temporary exhibits, educational programs and special events are held throughout the year, including the Holiday Open House in early Dec.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
Visitor center free. House or Highlights tour $8; $3 (ages 6-17). An additional fee may be charged for special events.
Save $1 on adult admission and 10% on purchases in the museum gift.
Hours: Visitor center Tues.-Sun. 12:30-4:30, Mar. 1-early Dec. House tours are given Tues.-Sun. at 1 and 3 (also Sun. at 2). Highlights tour (includes Ellwood House first floor and Ellwood-Nehring House first floor) is given Fri.-Sat. at 2. Closed major holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.