Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens 411 Kent Street Rockford, IL
Tinker Swiss Cottage was built in 1865 by industrialist and former Rockford, Illinois Mayor, Robert Tinker. Over the years Robert added a Swiss Barn now used as the Visitor Center, Museum Store and Community Room, and beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds. A suspension bridge, replicating the original suspension bridge built in 1871, was completed in 2005. The bridge crosses Kent Creek and brings visitors to the Railroad Gardens, currently being restored with historically specific plantings.
Package Pricing
Event Spaces
Barn lower level
Outdoor Wedding
  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Historic Landmark/Registry
  • Non-Smoking
  • Outdoor Function Area
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Acreage: 8
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Master Card, Visa, Discover
  • Facility Location Setting: Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is located in Rockford, Illinois, 90 miles west of Chicago. The Cottage was built on a limestone bluff alongside Kent Creek, surrounded by gardens and trees.
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 50
  • Nearest Airport: 1-5 miles
  • Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Less than 1 mile
  • Nearest Public Transportation: Less than 1 mile
  • Number of Club Level Rooms: 0
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 2
  • Number of On-Site Restaurants: 0
  • Number of Suites: 0
  • Parking: Complimentary Parking
  • Proximity of Nearest Ski Area: 26-50 miles
  • Proximity of Neighboring Golf Course: 1-5 miles
  • Special Features: Beautiful grounds suitable for outdoor Weddings and events. Please call for outdoor events, max. capacity is 150. Tours of the Cottage can be arranged to become part of the event.
  • Total Exhibit Space (Square Feet): 600
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 600
  • Total Number of Guest Rooms: 0
  • Year Built: 1865
  • Year Renovated: 1943