The Edna S. Purcell House (now known as the Purcell-Cutts House) is decorated for a 1915 Christmas with the Purcell Family.

Winterlights at the Purcell-Cutts House 2018

November 24, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Purcell-Cutts House
$5 for adults; free to Mia members, K-12 students, and children under 6.

Designed by William Purcell and George Elmslie in 1913, the Prairie School–style Purcell-Cutts House will be decorated for the holidays to reflect the upper-middle-class, “progressive” lifestyle of the Purcells around 1915. Forty-five-minute tours led by costumed docents will emphasize the gifts, toys, food, and social traditions of the period that the Purcells might have enjoyed. For example, many people had begun to reject Victorian knickknacks in favor of useful gifts that reflected modern aesthetic values of simplicity and function. Decorations include a Christmas tree decorated mainly with handmade paper ornaments, some in the Japanese style.

Winterlights tours of the Purcell-Cutts House are given on weekends November 24–December 30. Reserve in person at Mia’s Visitor Services desks or by calling 612.870.3000.

Online ticketing for Winterlights Purcell-Cutts tours is also available.

For Winterlights tours, shuttle service is provided between Mia and the Purcell-Cutts House. The shuttle leaves Mia 15 minutes before scheduled tour times at the house.

Due to its historic design, parts of the Purcell-Cutts House are inaccessible to some people with limited mobility. Tours involve two sets of stairs, the restroom is in the basement, and there is no elevator.