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“Wanted more interaction with staff”

Neill-Cochran House Museum
Ranked #131 of 348 things to do in Austin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of the ten oldest buildings surviving in Austin. Through period and original furnishings, carefully restored interiors, exteriors, and outbuildings, we tell the story of Austin's first decades as a successful and growing capitol city.
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

While I loved the home and the informative displays provided in each room, I wish that staff were available to give guided tours at a regular time. On the website, it indicates these can be arranged in advance but I didn’t know what time I would be arriving in Austin. If tours were offered on the hour or every 30 minutes, it would be easier to arrange within the tourist schedule and much more interactive for visitors. I was able to ask a few questions at reception but more was desired!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A historic home and museum may sound like a strange place to bring the kids, but my son and I love coming here. Once a month (the first Sunday), they host a free, historically-informed activity for kids that is well-beyond your typical free activity in quality and content. From making pinhole cameras to pop-up books, we always have a good time. And once we're there, we have a great excuse to check out the exhibits at the museum, which span interesting time periods and topics. Bonus points for having a food trailer on site and making our Sundays even easier!

Thank Tara L
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Want to get a taste of antebellum Austin? Visit the Neill Cochran house, get lunch at the food truck and hang out on the lawn, see their changing exhibits, and get a taste of where Austin came from.

Now a history museum, the Neill Cochran house was the first house built that far north of town, by the same architect who built other Austin classics like the governor's mansion and the French Legation.

And while the house itself is great - the programming is amazing. Whether it's the lecture series or the Family Fun days - there is something interesting happening regularly.

Plus - if you want an interesting event venue - this is a great one!

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The docent was fabulous and the mansion is pretty interesting as well. Very much recommend an hour-long visit to the house.

Thank harvard10000
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

I love taking my family to the Neill-Cochran House Museum for activities and exhibits. The house is a great place to dig into Austin history and architecture, and it's beautiful! They have rotating exhibits that are well curated. For families, they have special events like their "Sunday Funday" series and other events like Easter egg dyeing. If you can catch a tour, the people who work here are very knowledgeable and have some great stories. It is also a fantastic photo location, we took our family Christmas card photos here one year. They have space for events, and a nice-sized parking lot. Occasionally there are food trucks here, or you can walk over to Freedmen's BBQ if you're hungry.

Thank kittythedog
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