Neill-Cochran House Museum

The Neill-Cochran House is considered to be one of Austin’s three most important historic residences. Built in 1855 as a suburban estate, this impressive Greek Revival house has survived war, neglect, and the growth of the University of Texas area and the capital city. More than 150 years ago, master builder Abner Cook was commissioned to build this notable Greek Revival home in Austin. Over the years the property has served as home to the state’s first school for the blind,  a lieutenant governor, and a hospital for Federal soldiers during Reconstruction. Today, the NCHM is owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Texas.

Step into a place designed and constructed by Abner Cook, the Master Builder responsible for Austin’s most elegant 19th-century houses, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Woodlawn, Sweetbrush, and Westhill filled with sumptuous furnishings dating form 1780-1925 in period rooms: Colonial, Empire, Rococo Revival, Victorian preserving a colorful narrative of its many owners and occupants, including the Texas School for the Blind and Federal troops during Reconstruction surrounded by a shaped landscape and secluded patio

location

2310 San Gabriel St. (map)

hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

admissions

General admission - $8 (discounts for students, seniors, and children)

website

http://www.nchmuseum.org/

upcoming events

July 30, 2021 | 9:00AM

Yoga on the Lawn

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to present our new Yoga on the Lawn series. Every Friday, we invite you to come enjoy a relaxing morning on our shaded and welcoming grounds.
Classes will be led by Ginny Barrett, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance who has been a yoga practitioner for more than 11 years. Holding peace and power in equal measure, she facilitates yoga classes to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Come flow and grow in this community class with Ginny at the Neill-Cochran House Museum.
Drop-in guests are accepted, but space is limited. Please consider registering ahead of time on our website. We are happy to provide free parking for our guests.

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August 5, 2021 | 8:30PM

Movies on the Lawn: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to announce our first ever Movies on the Lawn Summer Series! This summer we will be highlighting our favorite movies all about the wondrous state of Texas. Our second movie is The Best Little Whore House in Texas.
It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas (subbing for real locale La Grange) for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler) decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down. Directed by Colin Higgins, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas stars Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, and Dom DeLuise.
These movies will take place on our front lawn, so bring a blanket or chair. Still Austin will be on hand slinging their delicious cocktails and serving beer provided by Thirsty Planet. Austin Gourmet Popcorn will also provide all guests with a bag of their delicious popcorn. Capitol Wright Distributing will provide free museum passes for a future visit!

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August 6, 2021 | 9:00AM

Yoga on the Lawn

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to present our new Yoga on the Lawn series. Every Friday, we invite you to come enjoy a relaxing morning on our shaded and welcoming grounds.
Classes will be led by Ginny Barrett, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance who has been a yoga practitioner for more than 11 years. Holding peace and power in equal measure, she facilitates yoga classes to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Come flow and grow in this community class with Ginny at the Neill-Cochran House Museum.
Drop-in guests are accepted, but space is limited. Please consider registering ahead of time on our website. We are happy to provide free parking for our guests.

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August 19, 2021 | 8:30PM

Movies on the Lawn: Giant

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to announce our first ever Movies on the Lawn Summer Series! This summer we will be highlighting our favorite movies all about the wondrous state of Texas. Hosted by Thomas J. Henry Law, our final movie this season is Giant!
Giant, released in 1956, tracks the lives of the family members of a ranching empire in Texas. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, Giant follows “Bick” Benedict (played by Rock Hudson), a Texas cattle baron. After he marries the socialite Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), tensions mount with the young ranch hand Jett (Dean), who is envious of both Benedict’s money and his beautiful wife.
These movies will take place on our front lawn, so bring a blanket or chair. Still Austin will be on hand slinging their delicious cocktails and serving beer provided by Thirsty Planet. Austin Gourmet Popcorn will also provide all guests with a bag of their delicious popcorn. The NSCDA-TX of Austin will provide free museum passes for a future visit!

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