Wistariahurst Museum


Welcome to Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is the former home of two generations of the Skinner family, manufacturers of nationally renowned silks and satins, and prominent residents of Holyoke. The grand estate and gardens have been a focal point in the Holyoke landscape since 1874. In 1959, Katharine Skinner Kilborne, the youngest daughter of William and Sarah Skinner, and her heirs donated Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke to be used for cultural and educational purposes. Panoramic view of Wistairahurst Museum by Jeffery Byrnes Today, Wistariahurst Museum is open to the public for guided tours. Visitors are led through the elegantly furnished 26 room mansion and are given the opportunity to take self guided tours of the garden and landscape. The museum features original leather wall coverings, columns, elaborate woodwork and an interesting tale of how two generations perceived and used the house very differently. The museum’s permanent collection includes decorative arts; paintings and prints, textiles and a rich manuscript collection of family and local papers. Wistariahurst Museum offers a wide variety of programs and events including: workshops, concerts, lectures and demonstrations.