Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Returns

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s signature event -- the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival -- returns on Saturday, October 9. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission price includes one pumpkin. The Museum provides stencils and carving tools, but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home. Daytime activities include food, pumpkin bowling, live entertainment, crafts, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more. … [Read more...]

Using DNA Tests for Family History

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Genetic Genealogy” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Registration is required. This meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch (optional). Genealogist Katherine R. Willson will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examine the … [Read more...]

What’s the Buzz about the Honey Harvest

Stop by to watch as we harvest summer honey on Tuesday, August 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Cost is $10 ($8 for museum members). Guests will have a chance to try honey from the hive, spin the extractor, and ask our resident beekeepers, David Majestic and Kim Wasilewski, all about the lives of honeybees. The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Register … [Read more...]

Bike Tours of Downtown Rochester this Summer

Downtown Rochester Bike Tours return July 22, August 14, and August 26 starting at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen, members pay $15 (non-members pay $20) and participants must pre-register. 1 ½ hour long and 3 miles of biking with frequent stops. Please wear a helmet, and bring a water bottle and mask. Meet at Rotary Gateway Park, near west side parking lot of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Rochester’s history is over 200 years if we consider the … [Read more...]

Get Wet and Wild on Wednesdays in July

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July Wet and Wild Wednesday in July at the Rochester Hills Museum Every Wednesday in July, slide over to the Museum for some summer fun. Enjoy family entertainment in the gazebo from 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m. and water fun from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Enjoy several huge slip and slides, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, cool sprinklers for little kids, wading in Stoney Creek, and water activities sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Art on the Spectrum at the Farm

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, in partnership with Janet Sandison, present Art on the Spectrum on July 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It's a chance to explore art specifically for our autistic community. Participants paint with a variety of brushes and tools, and experiment with making butterflies out of tissue paper. Though all mediums are washable, dress for a mess. Designed with neurodiversity needs in mind, for kids aged 4 -12 years old. Class capacity 7 … [Read more...]

Annual Rochester Garden Walk is Back on June 17

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club are pleased to announce the return of the Rochester Garden Walk. Participants will have an intimate look at unique private gardens in the greater Rochester area as well as public gardens. This year’s event takes place Thursday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. In addition to the gardens, participants can enjoy the grounds and activities scheduled at the Museum. Museum grounds showcase the historic Van Hoosen … [Read more...]

Cool Off in Stoney Creek with Some Stream Science

Come cool off in Stoney Creek with these hands on activity kits. Splash around, use nets, magnifying glasses, bug boxes, and more to learn about the critters that call the creek home. Staff will be on site near the creek with available supplies. Steam Science runs Thursdays in June, July, and August from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning June 10. No pre-registration required, and it's free, but there are a limited number of kits available on a first come, first serve basis. The Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Explore the World of Bees with Honeybee Hangouts

This family friendly program, presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, explores the world of bees. Visit the Museum hives, try on a beekeeper's outfit, sample local honey, and create a beeswax candle on June 26. The Saturday morning event runs from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and costs $15 ($10 for museum members). The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. … [Read more...]

Historic Cemetery Stroll in the Heart of Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Hills Museum presents a Mount Avon Cemetery Tour Tuesday, June 22, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. $10 per person ($8 for museum members), advance registration only. UPDATE: Second date added for July 20, registration required. Platted in 1826, this land embraces the souls of settlers. Find gravestones for the community’s earliest leaders, soldiers, poets, and philanthropists. The tour will examine the artwork of headstones and divulge the forgotten lives and stories of the past. Meet … [Read more...]