Come Discover the Roycroft Campus
he Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the "guilds" that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century. Author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Elbert Hubbard began to develop the Roycroft Campus in 1897. It was one of several utopian societies that formed during the Arts and Crafts movement in response to the shoddy, mass-produced goods of the Industrial Age. The campus would become a Mecca for master craftsmen and a gathering place for notable artists, authors, philosophers, social reformers, and power brokers.
The Campus, designated a National Historic Landmark district (NHL) in 1986, contains 9 of the original 14 structures including the Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Copper Shop. So come visit and discover the rebirth of the Roycroft Campus as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left.
Roycroft Campus Tours
Educational Guided Tours are rich with facts and fascinating stories about the past, present and future of this authentic Arts and Crafts community. The basic Campus tour is 1 hour in length and take you around the exterior of all of the major buildings of this National Historic Landmark, and includes the history of Elbert Hubbard, the Roycrofters and the Campus itself. This is a walking tour and the majority of it is outside.
Regular Tour Season
Regularly scheduled Docent led walking tours of the campus are available June through October every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 2:00pm, as well as 10:30 Saturday mornings. The cost is $10 per person and reservations are highly recommended. Please call 716-655-0261 to reserve your spot today.
If you are unable to make it to the Campus during the regular tour season but would still like a tour of the Campus you can try and arrange an offseason tour. Please understand that the majority of the Campus tour is outside, so the weather is a major factor, especially during the winter months. The cost is $20 per person. Offseason tours must be made at least two weeks in advance to secure a docent, and will depend on availablity. For further questions and to make arrangments please call 716-655-0261 or email Alan Nowicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours for large groups, schools or other organizations can be arrange for any day and time throughout the year depending on availablity. Please click these links for more information regarding Custom and Group Tours, School Tours, and a listing of Upcoming Events.
Artisan Classes and Demonstrations
Enjoy the interactive experiences offered by Roycroft Renaissance Artisans in a variety of artistic mediums, including working with metals and stain glass, jewelry making, screen printing, bookmaking, letter press printing, hand illumination, block printing and more. Click for a list of upcoming Artisan Classes.
Unique Handcrafted Artworks
Explore the Copper Shop Gallery, owned and operated by the RCC. Discover unique handcrafted artworks and gift items created by over 60 local and national artists with the same care and quality of Elbert Hubbard's time. Also located on Campus is The Furniture Shop that houses Roycroft Antiques and Norberg's Art & Frame Shop.
If you are interested in a long weekend, stay on the campus at the beautifully restored Roycroft Inn and visit Other Points of Interest in the area and region.
The Roycroft Campus31 South Grove Street • East Aurora, New York 14052
The Copper Shop GalleryOpen 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
The shop is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day.
Phone: (716) 655-0261 • Fax: (716) 655-8498