Hunter House goes to New Orleans!

Last week, our Museum Experience Coordinator and Director ventured to the 2019 American Alliance of Museums Conference in New Orleans. It was hot! And rainy. But, it was such a great experience and they learned so much from the many presentations they attended.

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Our Director, Jackie Spainhour, was there to present a talk on her upcoming book Museums and Millennials: Engaging the Coveted Patron Generation. The room was packed- people even sat on the floor! Everyone was excited to see what museums are doing to get those working adults involved in their facilities- and how we can do better.

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When not learning about how to be more inclusive, do better programs, and create awesome exhibits, they hit the town! There were so many fun places and museums in New Orleans- and the people were so friendly.

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It was such a fun time! Thanks for following along with us!

Museum Director Named 2019 VAM Fellow

We would like you to join us in congratulating our Museum Director, Jackie Spainhour, in being one of two museum professionals chosen to receive the Virginia Association of Museum’s 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship. This is such an honor!

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Jackie will be focusing her research on improving accessibility for children and adults on the autism spectrum at museums across the state. Her son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, so this topic is near and dear to her heart. Please send her your good wishes when you see her at the museum!

If you have any input on this topic, she would love to hear it! You can email her at to provide input.

Wedding Dresses on Parade

Visit us any time between June 1st and July 27th to view our special summer exhibit:

“Bid Adieu to Girlish Days: Wedding Gowns of a Bygone Era”

This exhibit features turn-of-the-century wedding dresses that have been donated to the museum. Of particular note is the wedding suite donated by the Baldwin family featuring items from the 1912 wedding between the Couper and Baldwin families. This suite includes the wedding gown, engraved invitation plate, guest book, wedding accessories, and more. We are grateful to be the caretakers of such an important piece of Norfolkian history.

Many of the gowns on display are accompanied by photographs of the bride. Additionally, there is a discussion of the importance of preservation and conservation, as well as fabric swatches for visitors to touch as an interactive portion of the exhibit.

We hope you will come visit us! The exhibit will last only a few months, and is included in your regular tour admission.