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Museum Programs
The Museum grounds are open to the public.
The Museum buildings are open by appointment only at this point in time. Contact Museum staff to schedule private events and weddings. Please check this page for onsite offerings this summer. Check back often for additional information.

To reach a staff member, please call 248.656.4663 or email us at


Programs

Tuesdays in the Garden: Self-Guided Craft Kits
Tuesdays in June, July and August
Morning Session: 10:00 am to 11:00 am - Ages 3 to 5 years
Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Ages 6 years and older
Cost: Free for Museum Members | $5.00 per Non-member child (see below) 
Pre-Registration is Required by Monday at noon before program

Every year the Children’s Garden blossoms with butterflies, bees, birds, and bugs. This series explores the ecosystem’s dynamics with weekly themes and crafts perfect to help your little ones grow! We will offer craft kits for you to pick up each week at the corn crib, and staff will be on site for questions.

Museum Garden Aug 11: Registration is Closed
Aug 18: Three Sisters Garden & Companion Plants
Aug 25: Science of Rot

Museum Member Registration (free)
Please click to Register via Online Form 
Non-Member Attendance Fee via PayPal*
Please specify which session
* No fee for accompanying parent or guardian.

Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.
Walking Tour Wednesdays
Dates:   Aug 12: 10:00 am - Stoney Creek Cemetery 
Cost: Museum Members Free (Pre-registration is required via Online Form)
Public $5/Adults, $3/Seniors & Students (see PayPal buttons below)
Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay admission.

Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.

The Stoney Creek Cemetery (1 - 1½ hours)
August 12th at 10:00 am

This land embraced the souls of settlers even before it was an official cemetery! Here you will find gravestones for our community’s earliest leaders, as well as those of soldiers from the Revolutionary, Civil, Korean, and World Wars. We will examine the beautiful artwork of headstones and divulge the forgotten lives and stories of the past. Meet at the Cemetery – located on Letica Road at Romeo Road – park at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

Stoney Creek Cemetery

Image of bike ridersDowntown Rochester Bike Tour
Dates/Times:
  Thursday, August 20 - 7:00 pm
   - Register by Wed, Aug 19 by 5 pm

Cost:
Museum Members Free (Pre-registration is required via Online Form)
Non-Member $5 Adults | $3 Seniors & Students (see PayPal buttons below)
Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay admission.

Location: Meet at the Rochester Hills Public Library – west side parking lot.

This tour is 2 hours long and includes 3 miles of biking with frequent stops. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle.

Rochester’s history is over 200 years if we review the European white settlers – but thousands of years old if we study the Native Americans. Visit some fascinating locations throughout town that make you burst with pride at this wonderful place to call home. We will check out a cemetery, the prettiest house, churches, and discuss famous women suffragists, water powered mill sites, train stops, and more.
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Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.

Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Home Games
Image of Granger and Fans
Dates/Times:
  August 23, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
  September 13, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Location: Museum
Cost: Free

Visit www.rochestergrangers.org for updated schedule information

The Rochester Grangers existed as a base ball club as early as 1871. Vintage base ball is played representing a time period when gentlemen played for leisure and not for competition. You will not see any spitting, sliding, or wagering at these matches! Home matches are played at the Museum and guests should bring their own chairs or blankets and sun protection.
Museum Grounds, Exhibits & Van Hoosen Farmhouse Tours
Registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday
Time: 12:30 p.m. meet at Welcome Center for Exhibits; 1-2:00 p.m. Tours
Dates: Select Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August
  August 21, 22, 28
Cost: Museum Members Free (Pre-registration is required via Online Form
Non-Members - $5 Adults | $3 Seniors & Students (see PayPal buttons below)
Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay admission.

Are you fascinated with history? Our Museum site dates back to 1823 and this tour will introduce you to the remarkable people who lived here for five generations - their accomplishments, successes, failures, and how their story is still inspiring and relevant today. Glimpse into the historic landscape through historical images, and explore family heirlooms as we peek behind the doors inside the Van Hoosen Farmhouse.

Meet at the Museum Welcome Center located in the parking lot next to the Van Hoosen Farmhouse. The Welcome Center houses the museum’s exhibits and will be open to all registered participants 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.

Non-Member Online Payments
Online Registration for August
Choose a Date in August

Smart Towns
Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program led by educational, non-profit organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for the year. The 2020 theme is Events That Changed the World.
For a full schedule visit https://smarttowns.rhpl.org

Michigan’s Great Thumb Fires of 1871 and 1881 and the Establishment of the American Red Cross

By Alan Naldrett

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn
Cost: Museum Members Free; Public $5
Register: Members click HERE

Pay Admission Online

The fires that burned in Michigan’s Thumb in 1871 and 1881 resulted in catastrophic damage to property and wildlife – and remains among the most memorable historic fires in Michigan’s history. One of the first official disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross was in response to the Thumb fire of 1881, and some communities would never recover from the scorched trails of destruction. Author Alan Naldrett pieces together accounts of those who lived through the events and the aftermath.

Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.

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