Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving the history of Holyoke and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events.
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.
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!
Excellent. Beauty, elegance and a rich history. Meticulous gardens that are pleasing to the senses. A must visit to be enjoyed by everyone.
Jazz on the lawn with a picnic dinner. Delightful.
Very very great place
I have tried to visit Wisteriahurst two times now, both during the hours they said they were open, and both times the staff turned me away, saying they were closing early (not written anywhere on their website) or simply decided not to open to begin with. This museum is incredibly disorganized and the staff were quite rude. My friend and I are students not from the area, so we had to take a bus and walk to see this museum. After explaining this effort and telling them that my friend was doing a research project on Joseph Skinner, they still told us they wanted to close early. They were "so generous" in allowing us to look around the main room, but gave us impatient glances as we walked around and hurried us out. The ultimate reason I am so disappointed in this museum is that in addition to being unfriendly, the staff are seriously unknowledgeable. When my friend said that she worked for the Skinner Museum, the museum Skinner himself started, they asked, "What is that?" I'm just so disappointed with the Wisterahurst Museum.