Experience the warmth and charm of life as it was lived by a small-town doctor, Dr. Thomas R. Kerr, his wife Jessie, and daughter Virginia in their gracious home in Oakmont, a quaint town outside of Pittsburgh that provided an escape from the often harsh conditions of life in the city. The Museum brings to life the story of the middle class in late nineteenth-century America, often overshadowed by that period's extremes of fabulous wealth and grinding poverty.
Visitors to the museum are able to tour all rooms on the home's first and second floors, in addition to the basement and Dr. Kerr's medical office. An accurate depiction of middle class life between 1890 and 1910, the interior of the home is both beautiful and warm, giving visitors a tangible connection to life over 100 years ago. The Kerr House, commissioned by Dr. Kerr in 1897, stands as a fine example of a late nineteenth-century Queen Anne style home and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Committed to the community throughout their lives, Dr. Kerr provided medical care as a family physician and his daughter Virginia taught English in the Oakmont public schools for 42 years. Virginia Kerr never married and she lived in the family home until her death in 1994. Virginia bequeathed her home to the Borough of Oakmont to be used as a museum in memory of her father. Operated by an all-volunteer staff, the Kerr Memorial Museum brings to life the middle class experience in the area at the dawn of the twentieth century.