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Wistariahurst Museum

238 Cabot Street

Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving the history of Holyoke and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. 

Museum History:

Wistariahurst Museum, originally the home of prominent silk manufacturer, William Skinner and his family, has stood as an example of elegance and fine architecture since 1874. The buildings and grounds were owned continually by the Skinner family until 1959, when Katharine Skinner Kilborne, the youngest child of William and Sarah Skinner, and her heirs gave Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke for cultural and educational purposes.

Today, Wistariahurst Museum reflects the lives and tastes of both generations of the Skinner family. 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. The museum is also available for private rental and group tours.


Katie Zahm

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
This is the perfect venue for our wedding ceremony! It offers both beautiful indoor and outdoor options, and so many dynamic spaces for pictures! Sara was well organized and helped with planning and ideas all along the way. She was open to my many ideas and helped to make the event all that we hoped for and more!

Mary Sandoval

Friday, May 18, 2018
Nice place, a learn history

Kristine Villeneuve

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Excellent. Beauty, elegance and a rich history. Meticulous gardens that are pleasing to the senses. A must visit to be enjoyed by everyone.

Jamie OConnell

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Jazz on the lawn with a picnic dinner. Delightful.

Brandon Sullivan

Sunday, March 25, 2018
What time does does place open and close

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