Fairlawn Mansion

Victorian House Museum

Join us for the 1st Museum Crawl! The purchase of a passport gives you discounted access to all 9 museums in Superior.
Passports for the event are available to purchase at www.superiorcrawl21.givesmart.com. Cost is $40 for adults, $25 for child age 12 to 17 years old, $15 for child age 6 to 11 years old, and free for children 5 years old and under. Visitors will be able to pick up their passports at the first site they visit on the Crawl. Site locations and hours are listed on the website.
Note: Fairlawn Mansion & SS Meteor tours are guided. Therefore, we are still following limited tour sizes. Fairlawn tours are on the hour and Meteor tours are on the bottom of the hour. We are not allowing Bookeo reservations during this event, so please arrive in person. The Old Firehouse & Police Museum is self-guided. Not interested in the Museum Crawl? No worries, you can still pay regular admission rates at one of our sites.
Friday, September 10 9 AM - 4 PM
Last tour departs at 4 PM
Saturday, September 11 9 AM - 4 PM
Last tour departs at 4 PM
Sunday, September 12 12 PM - 4 PM
Last tour departs at 4 PM

Be Our Guest

Victorian House Museum - 906 East 2nd Street, Superior, WI

Open for tours! Tour sizes at Fairlawn Mansion are currently limited to 12 per tour. Tours are not private.

All tours depart from the Gift Shop at the top of the hour.  Everyone 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult on tours. 

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you at Fairlawn!

 

Fall Tour Hours

Tuesday, September 7 - Thursday, December 30
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year's Eve & Day.
Sunday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Monday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Tuesday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Wednesday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Thursday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Friday 12 PM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM
Last tour departs at 3 PM

 

Fairlawn Mansion is Superior’s Victorian home that was a private residence from 1890 to 1920 and a Children’s Home for 42 years. Fairlawn Mansion is open for tours year-round. All guided tours depart from the Carriage House Gift Shop at the top of the hour.

Please note: private rentals and special events can cancel public tours; calling ahead or reserving online is recommended. Complimentary, library and membership passes are not valid for special tours and events.

All ticket sales are final. Exception: if Superior Public Museums cancels the tour/event due to weather, private event, or COVID-19, guests will have the option to reschedule, donate the amount, or get a full refund.

The Heritage of Fairlawn

Built as the family home for lumber and mining baron, Martin Pattison, his wife Grace and their six children, Fairlawn was completed in 1891 at the cost of $150,000; an equivalent of well over $3 million today. The mansion stands as an enduring testament to Pattison’s success and standing in the community.

The Queen Anne Victorian house, featuring a four-story tower complete with widow’s watch overlooking the bay, is a unique and well recognized landmark in the City of Superior. In summer, gardens dot the expansive lawns with traditional flower varieties such as peony, rose, hydrangea and lily. Guests are welcome to stroll through the grounds at their leisure and may photograph the gardens and exterior of the mansion.

The fully restored first floor of the mansion features gilded murals on the ceilings and frieze, a grand entrance hall and open staircase, marble and tile fireplaces, and original leaded and stained glass windows. The second floor of the mansion includes access to the master bedroom suite, furnished much as it was during the Pattisons’ time in the house. The third floor is dedicated to the Children’s Home era from 1920 to 1962, when the mansion served as a home to the less fortunate.

Donate Today

Your donations help support our historical sites and programming for the local community. You may choose to give to the general operating fund, or the museum(s) of your choice, or a specific program or event. Please contact us for more information on how you can help support Superior Public Museums. Superior Public Museums is a 501(c)3.

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