Welcome to the Neill-Cochran House Museum! Whether you have come to us to find out more about our family programming, group or individual tours, our collections, or the possibility of hosting an elegant event in gracious Texas style, we hope you find what you are looking for in these pages.
The museum offers several types of tours. We are open Tuesday-Friday from 1-4PM for guided tours (1, 2 & 3PM) or self-guided visits at your own pace. We welcome group tours with prior notice and in particular enjoy hosting school groups who want to learn more about Austin and Texas’ rich history. Aside from the 19th and early 20th century decorative arts collection in the 1856 house, we hope you will take time to enjoy our three exhibit installations: West Campus 1815-2015: Evolution of a Neighborhood, Silverworks: Fashioned Elegance, and Fascinating Faces: Portraits from the Neill-Cochran House Museum Collection.
As we look toward Fall 2015, we have a wide variety of events planned from a book signing, to our annual Modern Times lecture series, a celebration of the grand restoration project we are completing with music and cocktails, and our annual holiday celebration, Champagne & Carols. Most of our programming is free to our members; membership is open to all who share our passion for sharing Texas history and for the preservation of one of Austin’s oldest historic structures, and we would love to count you in that number!
The Neill-Cochran House Museum is proud to be a part of our Austin community. We are happy to give back through our free family programming, Sunday-Fundays, when the museum is open for tours and seek & find activity books, experiments, and crafts bring out the inner child in us all.
The Neill-Cochran House has been welcoming visitors for almost 160 years. The historic structures have been home to families, politicians, blind students from around the state, and recuperating Federal soldiers. The Neills threw open wide their doors for sumptuous New Year’s Day open houses in the 1870s and we honor that spirit of hospitality as we extend a to you hand in hearty welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon!