Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. The 62-room mansion was built by banker-railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood, who in 1864 began construction of his estate on the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut. Designed by European-trained, New York-based architect Detlef Lienau, the mansion, which was completed in 1868, is considered his most significant surviving work. American craftsmen, along with many immigrant artisans, were employed in the construction of the house. In 1876 the Mansion was purchased by Charles Drelincourt Mathews, a wealthy provisions merchant. His son, Charles Thompson Mathews, won an international competition for the design and construction of the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC in 1899. Following the death of Miss Florence Mathews in 1938, the house was first leased and then sold to the City of Norwalk for "park purposes." When the City announced their plans for demolition, the Common Interest Group sued the City of Norwalk and the Mansion was saved in 1964; in 1971, the Mansion was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Today, the Museum is a cultural gem which highlights the lives, styles and technology of the Victorian Era.

Tours are offered early April through early January, Wednesday-Sunday. Tours are conducted on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Students 8-18, and Free for Children under the age of 8.
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  • Lovely piece of history almost torn down by the town. This hidden gem has so much to offer and is worth the trip if in the area. They did tell us that the mansion after 2021 will be closed for... 
    Lovely piece of history almost torn down by the town. This hidden gem has so much to offer and is worth the trip if in the area. They did tell us that the mansion after 2021 will be closed for...  more »
  • We came here to take a tour on nineteenth-century American medicine, and the docent also took the opportunity to give us a tour on the rest of the mansion/museum. The building itself is absolutely... 
    We came here to take a tour on nineteenth-century American medicine, and the docent also took the opportunity to give us a tour on the rest of the mansion/museum. The building itself is absolutely...  more »
  • The Lockwood Mathews Mansion is undoubtedly a gorgeous attraction and a major historical and architectural treasure of Norwalk, Connecticut!!! The Mansion is a Second Empire Style country house that....  more
    The Lockwood Mathews Mansion is undoubtedly a gorgeous attraction and a major historical and architectural treasure of Norwalk, Connecticut!!! The Mansion is a Second Empire Style country house that....  more »
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  • The docent was clearly spoken, and so friendly! The man's grandfather was a chauffeur there so he was basically part of the exhibition himself, and he gave us directions to basically the best pizza I've ever had, just as a side reccomendation. Worth seeing if you like history, if you need a nice quiet date idea, or if you just want to see some beautiful art. Best date ever.
  • This was a mansion that existed back in a time when mansions were far and few. It was worth over $2mil when built. The history was interesting with Mr. Lockwood but sad when he passed away young and left his home to his wife with a mortgage. She had to sell all of the valuables to pay off the mortgage and sold it to Mr. Mathews who brought a lot of the original furnishings back to the home. It was a very opulent home with stonework and woodwork from around the world. A great story behind a beautiful home! Definitely a must see!
  • I’ll start with the positive. The mansion is beautiful, a fascinating piece of history in Norwalk. Our tour guide Carl was amazing. So knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. He made the tour even more interesting and was the best part of our experience. Now for the bad. The gift shop attendent Ms. Morales was so rude and condescending. From the moment I arrived she ignored me when I greeted her. She absolutely heard me because she was looking right at me, turned and walked away looking very bothered. There was a misunderstanding with the promotion we participated in. She argued with us, was not kind, was very dismissive and even ignored our questions. We were only trying to understand how the miscommunication happened and she was not having it. It really ruined our experience especially after having such a good time during the tour. It ended things on a sour note. My friends and I would recommend the tour, but avoid the gift shop at all costs. She shouldn’t work with the public if she can’t be kind and helpful. Unfortunately I will not be back here again.
  • Wonderful tour. Thanks to all of the conservators who saved this gem from the chopping block. Our tour guide Rebecca was very knowledgeable and was a delightful young lady. Treat yourself and visit this place if you have never been there.
  • My elderly mobility restricted mother and I completed the 90 minute tour, which was closer to 2 hours. Our tour guide was wonderful. He was personable and extremely knowledgeable. The whole staff went out of their way to help assist my mom. Rose stood out among the staff as far as customer service in a caring way. Really, the whole staff was wonderful. Enjoyed the tour and history. Definitely worth coming.

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