The Mansion Past and Present Tours- offered February thru Mid September
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL TOURS!
Tours are usually offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Please click our Book A Tour for available dates and times that you can reserve. Space is limited on each tour.
All access tours. Nothing is roped off and even the owner's suite is on the tour!
("Christmas Spectacular!" Holiday Home Tours are offered Nov 15 - Jan 15)
Steps are involved. There is no elevator. No photography inside.
Tour A) Standard Tour Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
Our lively and welcoming guides welcome you as a guest in our home as they share this story about history and amazing accomplishments. You will tour the first floor, second floor and Zen guest cottage (formerly the school house.) You can sit on the furniture and visit the owners private quarters, including their bathroom and secret closet.
Adults $20+tax ($21.30)
Children and Students 22 and under $15+tax ($15.98)
Tour B) Grand Tour Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
The Grand tour will also include a trip to the 3rd floor to see 3 more beautiful and unusual designer bedrooms, the Stetson memorabilia room, the board room, 4 more brilliant bathrooms and the balcony. Guests will hear more history, stories and even comments about the Stetson Company's 150th anniversary. Ask about the hat on loan - the most expensive hat the Stetson Company now sells, diamonds and all.
Adults $30+tax ($31.95)
Children and students 22 and under $15+tax ($15.98)
The Mansion is neither a Victorian or Stetson museum. It is a private residence.
Knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will lead visitors through the recently restored and updated mansion and school house. View magnificently embellished and appointed rooms, hallways and niches of the mansion. The Mansion is not filled with old furniture, flowery Victorian curtains or crammed with Stetson artifacts. Rather, it is furnished and decorated with a blend of the ages as if the original wealthy family still owned it.
Guides will share an intimate history of the Mansion, the Stetsons and the new owners who saved it. Guests will see the country's most beautiful and elaborate inlaid parquet floors (16 different patterns) and antique windows with over 10,000 panes of glass. This is an all access tour and nothing is marked "private" so the tour includes the private owners quarters as well! Visitors will also view the original schoolhouse, which has been converted into a beautiful Zen guest house featuring the original soaring Polynesian ceiling. The Grand Tour includes the third floor where guests will see 3 decorated bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the Stetson memorabilia room, the board room and the balcony in the tower room.
Guests will learn about the famed hat maker John B. Stetson and the many famous visitors that he hosted at the estate. You will hear about the extensive two year restoration and rebirth of this national historic treasure and about the two men whose passion and dreams enrolled hundreds of manufacturers and artists to make it all happen.
(The Mansion's first and second floors and the guest house is beautifully decorated for the "Christmas Spectacular!" Nov 15 - Jan 15. See the videos on our Christmas page for a look at the previous years. This year will be totally different! Please go the Christmas page for further Info.)
The Mansion receives no tax dollars or grants to underwrite the admission price. There is no photography permitted inside the mansion.We celebrate the mansion's history and present use, including the 150th anniversary of the Stetson Company!
Tour Booking Information
Tickets for 1-6 are booked on line and paid for at the door with CASH ONLY
Click Book A Tour below or on any of our web pages
Group reservations of 13 people or more require advance payment.
Please click the Book A Group box below
Please Note: Be advised that no photography or video is allowed inside the mansion. For the safety of fragile decorative items on display, which can be bumped into, we kindly request no large pocketbooks or large camera bags inside the mansion. Stairs are involved so please no high heels. Thank You. We look forward to meeting you.
The mansion is closed for tours in mid September to Nov 14th and Jan 16th to Feb 1st. (Our elaborate holiday preparations take time!)