Wistariahurst Museum

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

Wistariahurst, named for the wistaria vines that grow up its walls, is the former home of two generations of the Skinner family, manufacturers of nationally renowned silks and satins, and prominent residents of Holyoke. In 1959, Katharine Skinner Kilborne and her heirs donated Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke to be used for cultural and educational purposes.

Today, Wistariahurst Museum provides a variety of art, music and history programs, aimed at engaging residents and visitors with our history, our collection, and our community. From concerts to art shows, school programs to garden workshops, we aspire to provide experiences to people of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels.

The museum's permanent collection includes decorative arts; paintings and prints, textiles, and a rich manuscript collection of family and local papers. Throughout the year show by local artists are featured in the gallery.

Wistariahurst is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and is supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. The house is open for tours SaturdayMonday, 12 – 4 p.m. Access to the gardens, open daily from dawn until dusk, is free. The research archives are open Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or by appointment. For more information on admission, events, and closings please visit www.Wistariahurst.org.

Kate Preissler - Director



Penni Martorell - Curator & City Historian



Sara English - Hospitality & Functions Coordinator



Julie Bullock - Weekend Supervisor


Siobhan McArdle - Museum Assistant



Liz Laskey - Museum Assistant



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Department Head

Kate Preissler

Kate Preissler


Office Address

238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322 5660



Office Hours

Tours & Gift Shop
Sat., Sun., Mon. 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Research Archive
Mon. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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