The museum offers special events throughout the calendar year to include afternoon teas, lectures, literary programs, community partnerships, craft shows, and more. Please check our schedule of events below every few months as it is updated seasonally.
A Fashionable Summer
“Set wide the window, let me drink the day.” – Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante
***SPECIAL SUMMER EXHIBIT***
“Bid Adieu to Girlish Days”: Weddings Gowns of a Bygone Era
June 1st – July 29th
Visit the museum anytime in June and July to view our special wedding exhibit featuring items from Hunter family collection and generous donors.
Opening Reception for Museum Members: Friday, June 1st at 7 PM, Free
Summer Tea Series
Language of Fans Tea
Saturday, June 2nd 2 PM $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Delve into the secret language of fans used by Victorians for everything from flirting to shunning. Enjoy sweets, savories, and tea as well as a decorative fan to take home. (Held in the museum garden, weather permitting)
Sunday, July 29th 2 PM $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Wear your best mask to this afternoon tea celebrating the art of fashion and deception. Feathers and beads encouraged, but not required.
A Passage to India Tea
Saturday, August 25th 2 PM $30 Members/$35 Not-yet Members
Celebrate the flavors of India at this afternoon tea highlighting the country’s exotic foods.
Three Cheers to 30 Years!
Help us celebrate our thirtieth anniversary as a museum by attending one of our popular past events, reimagined.
19th Century Fashion Show
Saturday, June 23rd 11 AM $50 per person
The fashion event of the season! Support the museum at this fashion show and luncheon held at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant.
Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-century-fashion-show-and-luncheon-tickets-44948824143?aff=efbeventtix
Hunter’s Anniversary Tea
Saturday, July 14th 2 PM $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Help us honor the legacy of James and Lizzie Hunter at this afternoon tea. Cake and bubbly, too!
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 11th 11 AM Free for Members/$5 Not-yet Members
Syrup, and sprinkles, and whipped cream, oh my! Enjoy an afternoon in our garden with ice cream and classic toppings. Children welcome!
Long Live the Merry Heart: Songs of Fashion and Frivolity
Friday, June 15th 7 PM Free for Members/$10 for Not-yet Members
A Summer Evening’s Series
$10 Members/ $15 Not-yet members
Select Thursday evenings at 7 PM in the parlor; join us for readings, songs, and refreshments focused on literary figures and their contribution to 19th century culture.
June 21st- Edith Wharton
July 19th- Oscar Wilde
August 16th- E. M. Forster
NEW THIS SUMMER!
Story-time with the Governess
Spend Thursday mornings at 11 am in our garden for a story time with the Governess.
Story time is always free and we welcome children of all ages and abilities.
(Excludes the week of July 4th)
A Note on Tea Events: We regret that due to the size and nature of our facility, we are unable to provide accommodations for dietary needs or restrictions. All menus are set for each event and cannot be changed. Should you wish to attend one of our teas and bring your own food from home while partaking in our tea beverage service and event atmosphere, we can offer a discounted price of $15 for such occasions. Please make this request at the time you make your reservations.
Our teas typically include scones with jam or curd, three sweet items, three savory items, and our signature hot tea- Miss Eloise’s afternoon tea, which is a black tea with Jasmine. We do not offer additional tea options as we are not a restaurant or tea house and these special tea programs are designed with set menus. You are welcome to bring tea bags from home if you require decaffeinated options; we are happy to provide you with hot water, sugar, milk, and lemon as needed.
If you have additional questions about our tea menus or service, please call the museum at 623-9814.