Tours and Talks

The museum is open for self-guided tours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 2pm – 5pm

Wednesday: 11am – 4pm

Thursday: 11am – 4pm

Friday: 11am – 4pm

Saturday: See Facebook page for special events

Tour availability is subject to change. For best experience, please email or call in advance.

Weather Closing Policy:

  • Please note, if the Fayetteville Free Library closes, the Gage Center will also close.

Full, docent-led tours for groups of 3 or more must be scheduled in advance, and are dependent upon volunteer docent availability. Please email to make arrangements, they are well worth it!

Welcome to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue! We invite you to:

* sit on the furniture

*eat and drink

* take photos

* touch the exhibits

* play the piano and sing abolition and women’s rights songs that Matilda sang

* and write on our walls.

If you’d like a guided tour, here are the possibilities we’d like to offer you:

1) “Tell me about Matilda” Tour

Curious about Matilda Joslyn Gage? Want to see her restored home? This docent-led tour is an introduction to Gage and her work.

  • Begin with a short film featuring Gloria Steinem, the country’s first woman Lt. Governor Mary Anne Krupsak and descendants of Gage.
  • Sit at Matilda’s desk and write her a letter. Play with 19th century toys. Experience being an enslaved person hiding from slave-catchers in the walls of the house.
  • Share your ideas about everything from human trafficking to equal pay for equal work.
  • Be part of the creation of the Gage Center by brainstorming with us about the programs and exhibits you’d like in each of our social justice-themed rooms.


  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors (62+): $6
  • Students with ID, and school-age children: $5
  • Pre-school children free
  • Group rate (10 or more adults): $6


2) High Tea in the Gage Center

* Perfect for a birthday, club meeting or a special event.

* Features our signature scones and lemon curd along with:

  • Cheese, Crackers, Breads
  • Crudites
  • Tea Sandwiches & Mini Entrees
  • Pastries
  • Black Tea, Green Tea & Herbal Tea

$25/person.  Minimum 10 people; maximum 25.  Limit to one a month so book early.

3) Rent the Gage Center for a Party, Workshop, Retreat, or Special Event

Meetings: $200 1-3 hours, $350 full day.

  • Free to groups that join 100% as members.
  • Discounted rates are available.

4) Also Available for Groups

Birthday coming up for young or old?  A special meeting or conference?  Out of town guests who would enjoy a tour?  We’ve even hosted a wedding reception! Let us work with you on any ideas you have for the use of the Center. Just give us a call and we will make your event happen.

National Women's History Project Bus Tour

National Women’s History Project Bus Tour

  • Talks about Gage off-site
  • Living history portrayals of Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • Lectures by Gage Foundation Founding Director Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner for nonprofits available through the Speakers in the Humanities Program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

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