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

May 9, 2021 | 1:00 PM

Sunday Funday: Mother’s Day Tea Party

Sunday Funday is back! One Sunday of the month, the Neill-Cochran House Museum opens its doors to feature hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and space to enjoy lunch in the shade. Though this version will be more sanitized and socially-distant than previous iterations, we hope you and your family will take the opportunity to come out and do some crafts with us.
We will be making everything you need to decorate a tea party to share with your mom for Mother's Day! Crafts will include placemats, flowers, and napkin rings. Bring your best tea party hat and attire to make your mother’s day tea party as special as can be. We will also be serving up some of our fabulous NCHM iced teas!
Our monthly Sunday Funday series is free with the price of museum admission. This is a drop-in event; it is not necessary to arrive at 1:00pm nor stay until 4:00pm to enjoy the activity. Though this activity will be taking place primarily outdoors, we still ask that all visitors wear masks at all times on the museum property. The Neill-Cochran House Museum is happy to provide free parking for our guests.

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May 13, 2021 | 9:30AM

Family Yoga on the Lawn

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to present our new Family Yoga on the Lawn series. Come enjoy a relaxing morning with the our shaded and welcoming grounds.
This 30 minute family yoga class is filled with fun poses and music. It’s the perfect opportunity to step back from busy schedules and connect, play, laugh, and breathe while supporting family wellness! This class is great for all ages and stages.
The museum will be open exclusively to Family Yoga on the Lawn participants after class for regular admission. Come enjoy an exciting scavenger hunt through our house and learn about Austin history, or enjoy a late breakfast picnic.
This event will take place on our front lawn (weather permitting) allowing all guests to breathe in the relaxing morning air. Even though the event will take place outdoors, we do request for the safety of all guests, instructors, and staff that everyone wears a mask at all times on our site.

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May 27, 2021 | 9:30AM

Family Yoga on the Lawn

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to present our new Family Yoga on the Lawn series. Come enjoy a relaxing morning with the our shaded and welcoming grounds.
This 30 minute family yoga class is filled with fun poses and music. It’s the perfect opportunity to step back from busy schedules and connect, play, laugh, and breathe while supporting family wellness! This class is great for all ages and stages.
The museum will be open exclusively to Family Yoga on the Lawn participants after class for regular admission. Come enjoy an exciting scavenger hunt through our house and learn about Austin history, or enjoy a late breakfast picnic.
This event will take place on our front lawn (weather permitting) allowing all guests to breathe in the relaxing morning air. Even though the event will take place outdoors, we do request for the safety of all guests, instructors, and staff that everyone wears a mask at all times on our site.

more information