Villa Kathrine

Quincy's Tourist Information Center and Great River Road Interpretive Center, the Villa Kathrine welcomes visitors from around the world. This majestic Mediterranean castle situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is like no other home built in Quincy. Built in 1900 for world traveler George Metz, the home is now a museum open year-round for self guided tours.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will see why by visiting the interior courtyard with reflecting pool, and the second floor "harem room"  provides a mysterious look at the past. Visitors have looked for the legendary Bingo diamond studded collar of Mr. Metz's beloved companion, a 212 pound Mastiff. Winter months welcome the return of bald eagles soaring above the castle.

Bike rentals are available on-site, with self-guided city architectural tour maps or experience the Great River Road. A perfect location for a picnic or private event, the large grounds offer the best sunset spot in the city.  

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The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >

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Latitude: 39.925799 Longitude: -91.413165 Elevation: 590 ft
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Holly Cain

Seasons Open


Hours Open

9-5 Mon-Sat. 1-5 Sunday


Free parlor information area, $3 self - guided museum tours

Accessibility Notes

Exterior Chair lift to access the first floor museum area. 

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