The Curiosity Tour
Have you ever wanted to see more of the Mansion than what’s on the regular tour?
Become a Hegeler Carus Insider!
Supporters who donate $100 or more annually receive complimentary tickets to guided behind the scenes tours, parties and other events as well as advanced notice and special discounts for regular events. Insider Tours are a $140 value!*
Hear stories and see areas that are typically off limits and unavailable by making a donation today.
You can become a Hegeler Carus Insider by clicking the “register now” link below.
If you are already a Hegeler Carus Insider, please call Tricia Kelly to confirm your reservation for this special tour at (815) 224-5892.
Click here to become a Hegeler Carus Insider
“Insiders Only” Tour Descriptions and upcoming dates
The Curiosity Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders are guided through attic rooms filled with exactly what you’d expect: stuff. There is clothing, steamer trunks, furniture, magazines, diaries, tennis racquets, books, and many more of the “usual” attic suspects. In addition, this special tour also showcases an astounding geological artifact collection, a rare medical curiosity, and the family Steinway piano. Enjoy the spectacular view of the entire Illinois River valley from nearly 100 feet above street level in our cupola. This tour is offered to Hegeler Carus Insiders on April 7, 2017 and October 19, 2017.
The Underground Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders learn the truth about the legendary tunnels under the Mansion, are guided through the basement rooms, weaving in and out between industry and artistry. See how the Mansion was built, the inner workings and technology used to create a comfortable environment in this large home, as well as remnants of the early days of Open Court Publishing. This tour is offered to Hegeler Carus Insiders on March 24, 2017 and September 14, 2017.
The “Do Not Disturb” Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders are guided for the first time ever through the “bedroom” floor of the Mansion. The tour travels through the most personal spaces of this Victorian home; these are rooms even the closest friends of the Hegeler’s would not have seen. Learn why transoms were so important, why Victorian couples had separate bedrooms, and why one bedroom in particular is both breathtaking—and heartbreaking. This tour is offered to Hegeler Carus Insiders on February 24, 2017 and November 9, 2017.
The Art and Artifact Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders are guided through the main floor of the house and provided with insider information on objects that seldom gets discussed during the standard tour. There are stories behind each art piece presented in the tour. This tour is offered to Hegeler Carus Insiders on May 12, 2017.
The Holiday Preview Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders are the first to see the Hegeler Carus Mansion dressed for Candlelight Holiday Evenings. Victorian traditions, folklore and family stories will be told on this tour. This tour is offered to Hegeler Carus Insiders on November 22, 2017.
All tours start promptly at 6:30 pm
*Additional or Individual Admission is $25 per event.