The Neill-Cochran House sits on just under one of its original 17 ½ acres, shaded now by pecan and oak trees. As the preservationists of one of the very few antebellum buildings open to the public in Austin, we invite you to retreat from the rush and constant change of the city and reflect on an architecture, style, and space from the Austin most of us have never known.
We offer both guided and self-paced tours of the museum and collection Tuesdays-Fridays from 1pm to 4pm and by appointment. By considering the visual and historical information available in the house and its furnishings, we interpret broadly across the aesthetics of 19th and early 20th American design, the individual lives of the house’s residents, and the socioeconomic history of the region through the 1950s. Our collections page highlights objects and furnishings of special interest and importance.
In addition to our collection, we maintain multiple exhibits on permanent and rotating display highlighting areas of interest in local history and decorative arts.
We especially welcome school, homeschool, and group tours by appointment. We can accommodate groups up to 100 individuals – see our group tours page for more information.
Finally, we also invite you to join us for any of our annual or ongoing programming. Our Modern Times series, summer camps, or Free Sundays all offer opportunities to consider the style and collections of the historic house.
Whether you have a keen eye for the proportionality and symmetry of the Greek Revival style or you’re not sure you could ever tell the difference between Doric and Ionian orders, our staff and docents are at your service and welcome questions of all kinds.