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In keeping with the vision and legacy of the Skinners, particularly Belle and Katharine, who devoted much of their time and energy to bettering the lives of those in their home community of Holyoke, our programs and activities are designed in service to the City of Holyoke and its residents. We strive to offer exceptional educational opportunities of relevance to our community, support local artists and performers, bring outstanding cultural experiences to the community, and to be a resource for all.


The grounds of Wistariahurst encompass three acres of historically-inspired and lovingly restored gardens maintained by a talented team of volunteers. Wistariahurst grounds and gardens are always free and open dawn until dusk.


Wistariahurst maintains a growing collection of documents, photographs, maps, and textiles which are available to researchers, educators, and the public.

Wistariahurst Archives


Free on-street parking for Wistariahurst Museum is plentiful. Parking is located around the perimeter of the block on Beech, Cabot, and Pine Streets.

Resident Parking
Several parking spaces opposite the museum on Beech Street are reserved for local resident parking. We ask that our guests be respectful of neighbors by not parking in these designated spaces.

Accessible Parking
Accessible parking is available directly in front of the building on Beech Street. The accessible entrance to the Main House can be found at the top of the ramp to the right of the main entrance. The door is marked “Service Entrance”.


Gardens and Grounds
Open dawn until dusk

Carriage House Gift Shop
Gift Shop hours are dependent on volunteer availability, please call ahead of your visit to learn more about our gift shop hours.

Administrative Offices (inquiries, program registration, deliveries)
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30

As public property, the buildings, gardens, and grounds of Wistariahurst are all Smoke Free.


Garden and Ground Visits:
Free. Our grounds are open to the public from dawn until dusk each day.

Guided Tours:
Standard Admission: $15
Seniors: $12
Youth (Under 18): Free
Museum Members: Free
Active Military & Family Members: Free
Card to Culture Cardholders: Free (see below under Additional Discounts)

Guided Private Tours:
Weekdays: $20 per person
Weekends: $25 per person
Private tours need to be booked a week in advance with a two-person minimum. Non-profit organizations and groups of 10+, inquire about discounted rates.

Self-guided Tours of the Historic Mansion & Art Gallery Visits:
Free and available as indicated by our event calender

Lectures, Concerts, Events, and Educational Programs:
Lectures, concerts, events, and educational programs have varying admission fees. These costs will be listed in the event listing for each respective event. See our calendar of events for details.

Classroom Visits:
We welcome all schools to reach out about site visits! We can offer tailored tours, regular house tours, and hands-on sessions around the archives. Not able to come to us? No problem! We can work with you and visit your classroom and bring materials to you and your students. Email us at [email protected] for more information or with questions.

Additional Discounts

Library Passes
Free passes are available at area libraries throughout Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County. Passes can be used for most programs and events including history lectures, tours, educational programs, and some concerts, except where otherwise indicated. Library Passes are not valid for admission to our fundraising events. Please call ahead for confirmation.

Card to Culture Program
Wistariahurst is pleased to be a participating organization in the Card to Culture program—a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by extending discounts to all EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.
EBT: free for regular docent guided tours of the house
WIC: free for regular docent guided tours of the house
ConnectorCare: free for regular docent guided tours of the house
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