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Tanner House Tours – Geared for Children 4-10

August 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Built in 1857, this Italianate-style house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family.  The family owned the home until 1936 when it was donated to the Aurora Historical Society.  The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The house features high ceilings, oak grained woodwork, ornate plaster decoration, and antique furnishings.  Visit us and take a step back into the Victorian era.

Children from St. Paul’s School in Aurora visit the Tanner House in 2015.

Special tours geared for children 4-10 years old will be offered at the Tanner House Museum on Sunday, August 18 and Sunday, September 15 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

The tours will take the children into the Parlor, the Kitchen, the Dining Room and the Upstairs Sitting Room where there will be hands-on activities showcasing various aspects of child life in the late Victorian era,  as well as a special story told by Kenlyn Nash-Demeter, an Anna Tanner interpreter.

The tours are free, but donations are appreciated.  No reservations are needed.  Adults will be offered the opportunity to see other areas of the house while the children are engaged.

Regular tours will be given at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Tanner House hours through September 29 are Wednesdays and Sundays with tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

The house will be closed through October and November, reopening December 8-29 with open houses on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, 1-4pm and Friday evenings, 4-7pm.   Closed December 25.

The Tanner House Museum is at 304 Oak Avenue (corner of Oak and Cedar), 60506.


August 18, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tanner House Museum
304 Oak Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506 United States