Events & Programming

Champagne & Carols

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The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to welcome the holiday season with our Annual Champagne & Carols event. The event will take place on December 13th, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy champagne and festive food provided by Rosemary’s Catering, and step back in time into our 19th century Austin home decorated for the holidays. The centerpiece of the museum’s holiday display is the Adams Collection of late 19th and early 20th century decorative objects. Highlights include hand-painted puppets, numerous Santa and animal figurines of lead, and a unique assortment of 20th century Putz houses and bottlebrush trees.

The Austin Carolers, Austin’s only professional caroling ensemble, will entertain, with a singalong at the end of the evening. They sing the songs of Christmas, traditional to pop, with great style and flair, dressed in Victorian-era costume. Many of their arrangements are original, with Austin-centric lyrics. Champagne & Carols will be one of the highlights of The Austin Carolers’ 20th Anniversary season. We will celebrate this achievement with cake at the midpoint of the evening.  The Austin Carolers are a quintet made up of: Soprano- Mady Kaye; Alto- Libby Hart Barnes; Tenor- Craig Lowery; Basses- Paul Spikes and Art Kidd.

Champagne & Carols is $35 a person. Reserve a spot by calling 512.478.2335, by e-mailing, or registering online here. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cash, or check before the event. This event fills up quickly, so please RSVP in advance.

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Austin Museum Day


Every year the Neill-Cochran House Museum plans a unique experience for the Austin Museum Partnership’s annual Austin Museum Day – this year is no exception!


On September 21st, 2014 a variety of historical re-enactors will be onsite to interact with guests as they tour the museum to provide a glimpse into what life was like from the 1860s-1900s. Uniformed re-enactors from the 173rd New York Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War surgeon and ladies of the era demonstrating tatting and lace making will be on hand. Costumed re-enactors from the Austin Tour Guide Association will also be on site to educate about what Austin life was like at the turn of the century 19th century. There will be an old-fashioned lemonade stand in the shaded Centinneal Garden and lawn games out in the front of the house!


Those interested in supporting the Museum may join the Friends of the NCHM on the spot. Since 1998, museums and historic sites have opened their doors on Austin Museum Day free of charge to create public awareness of the rich cultural treasures the city has to offer.