Is there a museum?
Well, it depends what your definition of a museum is. We here on the Roycroft Campus do not think of the site as a museum, but as a living, breathing destination where workshops, lectures and events are happening on a continual basis. If you are looking for “historic” pieces and original Roycroft artwork there are some. The Visitor Center in the Power House contains some historic photographs, original Roycroft pieces, original Dard Hunter window pane drawings and an operational antique letter press printer. Other original items and artwork can be found in the Roycroft Inn. A short distance from the campus you will also find the Elbert Hubbard Museum which contains an extensive collection of original books, furniture and copper crafts.
Are there guided or self-guided tours?
There are a variety of tour options of the Campus, including a docent led 1-hour Basic tour, or 2-hour In-depth tour, during our regularly scheduled tour season (May – October). If you provide us with advance notice, we can also arrange a private guided tour any time throughout the year. A self-guided Audio-Video tour is available, as well as a walking tour brochure for those who simply want to stroll around the Campus. For more information regarding tours click here or call the Roycroft Campus at (716) 655-0261 or stop in the Visitor Center at the Power House.
How many buildings are there?
There are 14 buildings listed on the National Historic Landmark register, but not all of these are open to the public. There are 6 main buildings on the Campus in different stages of restoration; the Roycroft Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Copper Shop, the Furniture Shop and the Power House.
Are the buildings open to the public?
All of the buildings on campus are in different stages of restoration, occupation and ownership. Most of the Campus is open to the general public from 10am – 5pm, seven days a week; these include the Copper Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Power House. The Roycroft Inn, is a fully functioning Inn and is open to the public for a wonderful dining experience, overnight stay or to simply visit. The Chapel is currently only open during special events. Many of the buildings are available for rentals and may be closed to the public at any given time.
Is there a fee for visiting the Roycroft Campus?
No, there is no fee to visit the Campus. We welcome you to experience the gallery, shops and grounds at your leisure. There are a variety of activities and events that do take place throughout the year, including tours, workshops, lectures, concerts, film screenings and a Conference that have an admission. The funds collected are used for future programming and to support the ongoing efforts of restorations of the Campus.
Do artisans work there?
As of 2015, the artists are slowly coming back. A variety of studios are being set-up on the Campus, including a furniture maker, stained glass artist, a jewelry designer and painter. More studios and a fully-functioning print shop are being planned with the restoration of the Print Shop building. The Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery displays work from local and national artisans, and workshops are held on the Campus throughout the year by professional artists.
Is the Roycroft Inn part of the campus?
Yes, the Roycroft Inn is located directly across the street from the rest of the Campus, a little journey along the Appian Way. Built in 1897, the Roycroft Inn was the first print shop for Elbert Hubbard’s published works. After multiple expansions, it was finally converted into an Inn and opened in July of 1905. Through extensive restoration, it reopened as an Inn in June of 1995. For more information about the Inn and to make reservations, please visit the Inn’s website at www.roycroftinn.com.
Can I go to a religious service in the Chapel?
The title of “Chapel” does not have the religious meaning, but was taken from the medieval sense of a guild hall for printers. The main room was first used as a center for book illuminating, home theatricals, lectures and stereo-optician slide shows, later being converted into an art gallery, display and sales room. For the last few decades the Chapel was the home to the Town of Aurora’s municipal government, but they moved out of the building in the Fall of 2012. The structure is currently under restoration and is open to the public on special occasions.
Built in 1899, the Chapel served
as meeting hall for the Roycrofters.