Welcome To The Asa Packer Mansion Museum
The Mansion overlooks the Old Mauch Chunk National Historic District. The appearance of the home is not much different than when it was constructed in 1861. While the exterior has changed slightly from its original fashion, the interior is virtually intact! Mary Packer Cummings lived in the home after her father's passing until her own in 1912. Her will stipulated the home and furnishings be left to the Borough of Mauch Chunk as a memorial to her father and his accomplishments. The Mansion is not a restoration! It exists essentially as it did when the Packer family resided here from October 16, 1861 to October 29, 1912. Visitors also have the opportunity to be entertained by Mary Packer Cummings's 1905 Model D Grand Welte Cottage Orchestrion, the only working Model D left in The United States!
Daily Tour Information and Hours of Operation
The Mansion will be open weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) in April and Saturdays & Sundays in May from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Mansion is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to October 31. Once you purchase tickets, there will be no more than half an hour wait for a tour. The last tour departs promptly at 4:00 unless otherwise noted. Tours consist of a docent-guided presentation detailing the history of the Packer Family and visitors have an opportunity to view the original contents of the house. Please be advised that tours can last up to 60 minutes depending upon the size of the group, the number of questions asked, and the level of interest. As tours can sell out rather quickly, it is recommended that you purchase tickets for your tour as soon as you arrive at The Mansion.
Group Tour Information and Reservations
Groups of 15 or more guests are required to make a reservation. Reservations may be made via the "Email Director and Historian" link, found on the home page or by contacting the Mansion at (570) 325-3229.
Admission is by docent-guided tour only.
- General Admission(Ages 19-54) $10.00
- Senior Citizen(Ages 55+) $9.00
- Student (Ages 6-18) $6.00
- Child(Ages 5-Under)*$3.00
Credit cards and personal checks cannot be accepted at this time.
Group tour rates are based on Admission categories.
The rate for visiting Lions Club Members is $6 with a valid membership card.
*Please be advised that the tour is not recommended for small children due to the content and duration of the tour.
The Mansion is original to the 1860s, and as such, does not have the capacity for public restrooms. There is a Comfort Station - with tourist information and public restrooms - provided by the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau at the Train Station.
The Mansion is located directly behind the Carbon County Courthouse and overlooks the Old Mauch Chunk National Historic District. The Mansion does not have any onsite parking, when you arrive in town, you can park in the Train Station Parking located on 209 or at any of the metered parking spots in town. Typing "Asa Packer Mansion" into Google Maps will get you directions to the Mansion.
The Fall Foliage Festival: October 7th, 8th, 14th,15th, 21st and 22nd, 2017
The Mansion will be open for tours during the entire month of October. Due to the high volume of visitors, weekend tours during the Fall Foliage Festival will be abbreviated, lasting 40-45 minutes. On Fall Foliage weekends, tours will go into the house every 30 minutes starting at 11 through 3:30 pm. Tickets are sold on a first come - first serve basis. Please be advised that The Mansion does not offer Halloween or "scary" tours. Weekday group tours may be scheduled at any time during normal hours of operation and are required to have 15 or more guests. Weekend group tours may only be scheduled prior to 11:00 A.M. It is recommended that groups reserve tours well in advance .
Olde Time Christmas: December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th 2017
The Mansion will be open for tours during the first two weekends of Olde Time Christmas - weather permitting.
The Mansion is original to the 19th Century and contains priceless objects that were owned by the Packer family. In order to preserve The Mansion's authenticity, visitors are required to observe and adhere to the following policies to ensure the best possible visit for all:
- Smoking is prohibited.
- Please turn off all cellular phones and other electronic devices.
- Food and beverages are prohibited inside The Mansion.
- Strollers and large backpacks or bags are not permitted inside The Mansion.
- Still photography, filming, video and audio recording are prohibited while on tour.
- Stay together as a group. Be attentive to your docent’s instructions at all times.
- Please do not touch the artifacts as the oils and acids even in clean hands can cause irreparable damage.
- Do not sit or lean upon the furnishings. Refrain from leaning on walls.
If we detect any violation of the rules through our guides or security system, you will be asked to leave the property.