Stetson Mansion Past and Present Tours
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Tues-Sat, Open 2-3 Days Each Week
Reservations Required for ALL Tours
Space is limited
Tour dates are posted 2-8 weeks in advance.
Not all tours on all dates are available
We offer all two access tours. Nothing is roped off and even the owner's suite is on the tour. Steps are involved. There is no elevator and no photography inside.
The mansion is closed for tours September 7th to Nov 14th and Jan 16th to Feb 1st. (Our elaborate holiday preparations take time!) "Christmas Spectacular!" Holiday Home Tours are offered 3-5 x daily Nov 15 - Jan 15 in place of the history tours.
Standard Guided Tour
Adults $22* Youth 1-22 $15* @ 1 hour 15 minutes
The Stetson Mansion offers visitors entrance into the most authentic and historic site in Central Florida. 95% of the original mansion exists in this magnificent home for the ages. Our lively friendly guides welcome you as a guest in our home as they share historic stories 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 bedroom, bathroom and secret closet.
Grand Guided Tour ~ Fan Favorite!
Adults $30* Youth 1-22 $20* @ 1 hour 45 minutes
Did you know that Lurch from the Adams Family went to Stetson University? The Grand tour will include a trip to the 3rd floor to see the Stetson memorabilia room, the boardroom, the tower balcony, 3 completely different designer bedrooms, two feminine and one very masculine, all with hand painted wall treatments, and 4 new bathrooms cleverly fitted into the existing space on a floor where there had only been one. Guests will hear more stories, history and how great hats were made. Ask about the hat on loan to us for the Stetson Company's 150th anniversary. - the most expensive hat the Stetson Company now sells, diamonds and all.
*All Tickets are taxed at 6.5% and have a $3 processing charge thru Ticket Taylor.
If Grand Tour tickets are sold out, sometimes we offer mansion re-entry for Grand Tour continuation after the Standard Tour has completed in the School House.
Standard and Grand Tour Overview:
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. 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! View magnificently embellished and appointed rooms, hallways and niches of the mansion. 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 designer decorated bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, the boardroom and the balcony in the tower room. A deeper history lesson about the Stetson Hat will be offered in the Stetson memorabilia room,
The Mansion and School House is not filled with old furniture, flowery Victorian curtains or crammed with Stetson artifacts. This is not a museum. We do not have a pot belly stove or do we know how to cook on one! Rather, it is furnished, decorated and updated with a blend of the ages as if the original wealthy family still owned it. The Mansion is a private residence filled with history that has evolved an updated while at the same time every original opulent detail has been preserved and protected. 95% of the original Mansion is intact.
Guides will share an intimate history of the Mansion, the Stetsons and share the story about the new owners who saved it. 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 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
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 historic mansion is not permitted with elevators or ramps.