Immerse yourself in Greek Revival architecture and life during Austin’s 19th century. Located near the campus of The University of Texas, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of few Antebellum-period buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and architectural transformation from 1855 to present day. Learn more about how to visit this historic icon, what's on display and when to bring the family for kid-friendly events.
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Preservationists work to maintain the quality and accuracy of the home’s interior. Furnishings and unique objects dating back to the 1850s are on display, along with an inside look at their backstories. The permanent collections take visitors back in time to Austin’s beginning. Explore the 19th century French parlor, dining room and three preserved bedrooms. The contrast of the museum against its busy West Campus surroundings provides a glimpse into the transformation of Texas’ capital city.
Just as authentic and almost as old as the pecan tree located in the front of the property. Dated back to 1889, this magnificent tree is nearly 150 years old!
The museum displays rotating exhibits year-round. The unique exhibits offer a unique perspective of Austin through art, photographs, interior collections, craftworks and more. Visitors can find a current listing of seasonal exhibits online. The museum also hosts regular free events and showcases which delve deep into Austin’s extraordinary history.
History Lab Events
Occurring on the second Sunday of each month, the Neill-Cochran House Museum offers free hands-on activities to the public. From scavenger hunts and historic board games to crafts and more, there are always fun, kid-friendly things to do and learn. The History Lab is an exclusive look at how art, technology, science and history come together, often breaking down a specific historic invention which paved the way for the technology we use today. Bring the whole family and discover what’s in store for the next History Lab!
Hours & Admission
The Neill-Cochran House Museum is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12 and members. Students can get in at a discounted rate of $6 with proper ID. Seniors are able to use the same $6 discounted rate for entry as well. There is a free on-site parking lot and access to street parking nearby. No appointment required.
History buffs, locals and visitors alike will appreciate the exquisite restoration of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. With events and rotating exhibits, there is always something new to see and explore! Learn more and plan your visit today at www.nchmuseum.org.
Contributed by Marissa Saenz, Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern.