Plan Your Visit

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm.

Guests check in at the Dairy Barn where new interactive exhibits are displayed, as well as numerous local history videos for viewing.

A guided tour of the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse at 1:00 p.m. and the 1850 Red House to follow.

Dairy Barn
Permanent Exhibit
Pioneer Family – On Van Hoosen Farm
The Museum’s permanent exhibit interprets the fascinating lives of the Taylor and Van Hoosen families and the history of our community.

The exhibit features the following:
  • Video theater featuring an introductory video, PBS award-winning documentary film (Pioneer Family – On Van Hoosen Farm), and numerous local history video choices
  • Anishinabe (Native Americans) in our regional area as the first European settlers arrived
  • How the communities of Rochester and Stoney Creek grew, and the significance of the rivers and creeks in our growth
  • The Van Hoosen Family travels to China and Japan in the 1920s
  • Products made in the Greater Rochester Hills community
  • What’s new in the Archives exhibit case
  • Water powered mills
  • Newberry Hill ski jump
  • The Van Hoosen Dairy Barn
  • Community Hall of Fame
  • Women’s suffrage
  • Regional history trivia
  • Local flora
  • Mastodon bones
and more…

Van Hoosen Farmhouse
Guided tour of the beautiful Van Hoosen Farmhouse takes place at 1:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment for group tours. Built in 1840, several additions were added and the house is furnished with antiques from the family’s migration to Michigan and their world travels.

Bull Barn 
The Bull Barn is open for self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Built in 1927, the Bull Barn housed the bulls, the most valuable and most dangerous animals in the herd.  

Equipment Barn 
The lower level of the Equipment Barn is open for self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Originally built in 1924, and rebuilt in 2021, the Equipment Barn functioned as a garage to store milk trucks, tractors, farm equipment, and cattle show supplies.  

Milk House 
The Milk House is open for self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Built in 1911, the Milk House served as a place to cool, test, process, and store milk before shipping it to market.  

Red House
Guided tour of the Red House takes place immediately following the Van Hoosen Farmhouse Tour. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment for group tours. Built in 1850, the Van Hoosen family owned this original Stoney Creek Village residence and rented it to workers on their farm.

Stoney Creek Schoolhouse
Local students use the 1848 Stoney Creek Schoolhouse throughout the school year. Public tours are available by appointment and during special events.

Museum Grounds
Surrounding the Museum buildings are 16 acres of beautiful gardens, meadows, and grounds bordered by Stoney Creek – including the award-winning Children’s Garden. You are welcome to stroll the Museum gardens during daylight hours, except during special events and weddings.

Stoney Creek Cemetery
Within a short ten-minute walk you can tour the Stoney Creek Cemetery and meet the soldiers, scholars, and pioneers from this early settlement. A tour map of the cemetery is available at the Dairy Barn reception desk during open hours.

Stoney Creek Village
Surrounding the Museum buildings is Stoney Creek Village – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Be aware that traffic is very heavy in this area. Information is available at the Dairy Barn reception desk during open hours.

Please be respectful of these privately owned homes.
Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen (March 26, 1863 - June 7, 1952)
Virtual Exhibit
Bertha Van Hoosen graduated from the University of Michigan in 1888 with a degree in medicine. At a time when women doctors were rare, Bertha served her community as an obstetrician, gynecologist, and surgeon, and her illustrious career spanned more than 50 years. 

Enter this Virtual Exhibit to learn more about the "Petticoat Surgeon."

The best way to get the latest news about the City of Rochester Hills is through our notification system, RHConnect!
Sign up to receive the information you need, delivered via email, text or both.