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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

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

Brown Bag Lunch Series via Zoom
In collaboration with the Rochester – Avon Historical Society, the fall Brown Bag lunches are going VIRTUAL! Brush up on local history topics while enjoying lunch from the comfort and safety of your own home. This is a FREE, 45 minute presentation. Zoom link sent upon registration. Register by Monday at noon.

Image of Rochester-Avon Historical Society logo

A History of Avon Township: 1872 - 1952
Tuesday, October 6
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zoom Registration

Image Avon Township HistoryBy 1872, Avon Township was changing. With the Villages of Rochester and Stoney Creek well established, the arrival of the railroad and mass transit, new schools and plenty of jobs, our community was thriving. The Museum archives tell our community stories as we experience wars, tragedy, and economic success pointing towards a bright and promising future for this place we call home.
- Presented by Museum Manager, Patrick McKay
Image of Lard and Jelly PressPressing Pommes: A Tasting & History
Tuesday, September 22 SOLD OUT
Tuesday, September 29*
   *Rescheduled from 9/8 due to weather
6 p.m. – 7:30 pm
Register by Mondays at noon
Advance Tickets Only

Visit the Museum's apple orchard, challenge your taste buds, and explore the process of apple cider pressing in this family friendly fall program. We’ll slip some history in there too! Registration includes a donut and cider. This is an outdoor program, so dress for the weather. Kids aged 10+ welcome. Meet outside the Calf Barn, 950 Romeo Road.
Registration Fee
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Image of people painting in a parkArt in the Park
Advance Tickets Only

Thursday, October 1
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Click to Register

Learn the art of Plein Air Painting! During this amazing workshop, a PCCA instructor will demonstrate how to watercolor paint the surrounding environment and transform the ordinary canvas in front of you into a piece of the Van Hoosen Farm that you get to take home.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed for a mess.

All participants will be meeting outside the Calf Barn, 950 Romeo Road. Afterward, participants will be welcome to choose from an assortment of easels that will already be set up. After some guided instruction, each participant will be painting one canvas of the environment around them.

This workshop is offered to adults, but children 14 and up may also attend if accompanied by an adult.
Family Field Trips

Image of Farm HouseFarm House Tour
September 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Members: $5/person, or $15 per family (up to 5 people)
Non-Members: $8/person or $25/family (up to 5 people)
Advance Tickets Only

Step inside the 1840 Van Hoosen family farm house to discover the history of five generations. Peek into their bedrooms, office, closets, and library and to explore their lasting legacies through artifacts and primary documents. Originally designed for 3rd grade field trips, we adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for an interactive, socially distanced history experience. Meet at the Farmhouse/Welcome Center, 1005 Van Hoosen Rd.

Farm House Tour
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How many family members? (Limit 5)

School House Tour Image of School House
September 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Members: $5/person, or $15 per family (up to 5 people)
Non-Members: $8/person or $25/family (up to 5 people)
Advance Tickets Only

Enjoy a quick history of the one room school house, then practice your alphabet on a slate board, hop on some stilts, play quoits, master the ball and cup, or sift through old maps and artifacts. Originally designed for 3rd grade field trips, we adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for a hands-on, socially distanced history experience. Meet at the Stoney Creek School House, 1051 Washington Rd.

School House Tour
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How many family members? (Limit 5)

Image of Red HouseRed House Tour
September 24
October 8, 15, 22, 29
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Members: $5/person, or $15 per family (up to 5 people)
Non-Members: $8/person or $25/family (up to 5 people)
Advance Tickets Only

Card wool, saw wood, explore fiber arts and more in this interactive tour of life in the 19th century. Compare life back then, to life in 2020 while rolling up your sleeves and participating in historic jobs. Originally designed for 1st grade field trips, we adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for a hands-on, socially distanced history experience. Meet at the Farmhouse/Welcome Center, 1005 Van Hoosen Rd.

Red House Tour
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How many family members? (Limit 5) 

Image DowntownDowntown Rochester Walking Tour
Wed, Oct 14
Sat, Oct 17
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $8/Member & $10/ Non-Member
Register by Tuesdays at noon
Advance Tickets Only

Sip on a morning cup of coffee and stroll down the streets of Rochester in this 1 1/2 hour-long tour. We’ll explore our new downtown exhibit signs and sift through historical photos and stories. Learn how the Downtown Development Authority is working to support a vibrant community in spite of recent hard times. Want to support local? Stop by your favorite coffee, tea, or smoothie joint in Downtown Rochester before the tour begins. Meet at the Rochester Mills parking lot, 400 Water St, Rochester, MI 48307

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Image of Downtown Bike TourDowntown Rochester Bike Tour
Wed, Sept 23 Registration Closed
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mon, Oct 5
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  $20/ Non-Member
Register by Mondays at noon
Advance Tickets Only

2 hours long and 3 miles of biking with frequent stops. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle and mask. *Meet at the Rochester Hills Public Library – west side parking lot at Rotary Gateway Park.

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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Image of Big Green Beer Fest logoThe Big Green Tractor Beer Festival
Advance Tickets ONLY
Rain or shine event – No refunds
Saturday, September 26
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $25/Member or $30/Non-Member
Register by September 23

Enjoy craft beer with friends as we practice responsible mingling at this rain or shine, outdoor, fundraiser. We will have the beer and music. You bring a mask, lawn chair, friends... and an umbrella just in case! All proceeds go towards the development of new Museum buildings and exhibits! On the slate for this year is the Equipment Barn – once completed the Milk House and Bull Barn will turn from storage facilities to exhibit and program space! So drink up with those donations. This is a collaborative event with the Rochester Hills Museum Young Leaders Circle.
Image of Genisys Logo
Your registration includes: One craft beer, bratwurst, and chips. PLUS a bonus Swag Bag. Additional drink tickets available for purchase day of.

Ticket Options

Image of ScarecrowScarecrow Building Workshop
Wednesday, September 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $40 Non-profit or $50 Business
Register by noon Friday, September 25
Advance Tickets Only

Scarecrows in the City is an opportunity for your business or organization to participate in the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival! Make memories with this team building, seasonal activity, while supporting your local Museum. Scarecrows will be on display at the Pumpkin Festival and then moved to Downtown Rochester, making them a fun marketing tool seen by thousands of residents.

The Museum provides the following:
  • Wooden frame
  • Straw
  • Signage

You provide:
  • Accessories including the scarecrow’s head
  • Clothing
  • Man-power
  • Imagination

Curbside Pick-up of materials available! Can’t make the workshop? Prefer to build in the convenience of your own backyard? Register, pick up materials on Sept 30, and drop off your completed scarecrow at the Museum by Wednesday, October 7. Contact the Museum for more details at 248-656-4663 or via email at .

Scarecrow Workshop
Name of Business/Organization

Stone Wall Pumpkin FestivalAdvance tickets ONLY
Members Begin Registration on 9/1
Non-Members Begin Registration on 9/8
Become a Member Today! Click Here 

Image of pumpkinsSaturday, October 10
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. SOLD OUT

Saturday Pumpkin Lighting Drive-Thru
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Sunday, October 11
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Image of Genysis Logo
Sunday Pumpkin Lighting Drive-Thru
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Member: $30/Table
Non-Member: $35/Table
Extra Pumpkins: $5

Register by October 7th
Advance Tickets Only - Scroll down to pay online via PayPal

Let your light still shine this Halloween at our socially distanced edition of Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. Return at night to see all the pumpkins lit up, along with an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Genisys Credit Union.

Your registration includes 2 pumpkins and the use of carving tools, patterns, and a private/sanitized table for up to 6 people. Additional pumpkins can be purchased while supplies last for $5/pumpkin. To maintain a safe experience for all, there will be no additional crafts or games offered this year. Masks are required at all times while on museum grounds unless seated at carving table. Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is Drive-thru ONLY. No admission fee for evening drive-thru, but donations are appreciated to support the Rochester Neighborhood House

October 10 - 9am to 11am

October 10 - 12pm to 2pm

October 11 - 11am to 1pm

October 11 - 2pm to 4pm

Click here to order an extra pumpkin

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   September 25, 26
October 2, 3, 17, 23, 30

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.

Image of Museum GroundsAre 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 Sept & Oct
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The Most Fascinating Archival Images in the Museum Collection 
Presented by Museum Manager Patrick McKay

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Cost: Free - Link to Zoom sent upon registration. Advance Tickets Only
Register: Link to Zoom Registration

With over 5,000 images to choose from, Museum staff has selected the ones that tell our community's history the best! Enjoy an evening program walking down memory lane!
Image of scraps and soilScraps to Soil: Compost Workshop
Saturday, October 3
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: $10/Member or $15/Non-Member
Register by Wednesday at noon
Advance Tickets Only

Join Garden Club volunteers Jane and Pat for a look at sustainable gardening techniques. Decipher the difference between mulch and compost. Dig deep into the life of soil – yes, it’s ALIVE! Participants will create a 5 gallon compost bucket to take home. Kids aged 10+ welcome.

Register for Oct 3rd

Image of structureStories in Stone: A Natural History of Stoney Creek and Its Village
Wednesday, October 7
1 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m.
Cost: $5/Member or $8/Non-Member
Register by Monday at noon
Advance Tickets Only

The story begins in the prehistoric past when this place named Stoney Creek Village was covered in ice. This cultural history hike of the museum grounds highlights nature’s power, as well as humankind’s efforts to harness our region’s abundant resources. Led by guest educator Ginger Ketelsen. Kids aged 10+ welcome.

Register for Oct 7th

Image of scannerDaguerreotype to Digital Personal Scanning Sessions
Time Slots Available:
   10:00 am - 12:00 pm
   1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Tuesday, October 6
  Thursday, October 15
  Tuesday, October 20
  Tuesday, October 27

Cost: $15/Member or $20/Non-Member
Register by Fridays at noon
Advance Tickets Only

Let us help you to preserve your past with a one-on-one scanning session with the Museum's Archivist! During this 2-hour session, you will learn how to digitize your historical materials and receive guidance on suitable storage methods. Our Archivist will also work with you to scan 20 of your photos, documents, or scrapbook pages (11in x 17in or smaller).

Registration Fee
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Image of Bloomer Park SlideBloomer Park History Hike
Saturday, October 24
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $8/Member or $10/Non-Member
Register by noon Friday, October 23
Advance Tickets Only

Canals, ski jumps, philanthropists, historic picnic shelters, railroad, oh my! Explore the hidden history of Bloomer Park on this 2 hour history hike. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. The path includes a steep set of stairs. Contact museum staff for available ADA accommodations. Meet at the Stone Shelter in Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd. Please show payment receipt at the booth, to gain complimentary entry into the park, for this program.

Register for Oct 24th

Image of applesThe Hard History of Apple Cider: Its rise, fall, recipes and all – Via Zoom
Thursday, October 22
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $5/ Person
Register via Zoom by Thursday at noon
Advance Tickets Only

Explore the cultural history of the apple in this virtual Zoom presentation. From bear scat, to grafting, to cider and temperance, we’ll investigate how this small fruit became the apple of America’s eye. Zoom link sent upon registration.

Cathy Fitzpatrick
Cathy Fitzpatrick
Museum Program Coordinator

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Big Green Tractor Beer Festival
On Saturday, September 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Rochester Hills Museum Young Leaders Circle will be hosting their 2nd Annual Big Green Tractor Beer Fest presented by Genisys Credit Union at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Read on...
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