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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


Tuesdays in the Garden
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 July 14: REGISTRATION CLOSED
July 21: Dirt & Soil Science
July 28: Fairy Fun
Aug 04: Bugs, Bees, & Butterflies
Aug 11: Historic Toys
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.

Image of slip and slideWet & Wild Wednesdays
Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Museum Members Free
Non-Members: $5 per person age 1+ including adults* (PayPal button below)
Please note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay admission.

Enjoy the Slip & Slide and explore the Stony Creek, along with the Clinton River watershed Council. Little ones can run through a sprinkler, and everyone can cool off with the water spray from the Rochester Hills Fire Truck onsite.

*All adults and children aged 1+, in attendance, despite age or participation must Pre-Register and purchase a ticket, so we can adhere to MI guidelines for group sizes. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Members enjoy reduced rates for Museum programs. Click here for details.
Children exploring a streamStream Science Thursdays
Date: Thursdays in June, July and August
Starting June 18
Time: 10:00-11:30 am & 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: Free - limited kits available per day

Come cool off in Stoney Creek with these hands on activity kits! While you splash around, you can 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. Once a kit has been used by a group, it will be retired for the day! No pre-registration required. There are limited kits available on a first come, first serve basis.
Walking Tour Wednesdays
Dates: Select Wednesdays in June, July and August
Times: See Below
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.

Choose among four fascinating walking tours this summer (descriptions below)
  July 22: 7:00 pm - Stoney Creek Village
  Aug 05: 3:00 pm - The Historic Landscape of the Van Hoosen Farm
  Aug 12: 10:00 am - Stoney Creek Cemetery 

Stoney Creek Village (1 - 1½ hours)
July 22nd 7:00 pm

The original owners and tenants may have left, but many of the Stoney Creek Village homes still stand to this day. Settled by white Europeans in 1823 - just after Rochester in 1817 - this community thrived with five mills, a church, store, school, post office, and more! On this tour, you will explore this industrious little community, learn how it supported the growth of the Van Hoosen farmstead, and connect with the stories of the people who once called this place home. Meet at the Van Hoosen Farmhouse.

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

Stoney Creek Village

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

The Historic Landscape of the Van Hoosen Farm (1 - 1½ hours)
August 5th at 3:00 pm

From glaciers to Asian inspired tea houses, come learn the lay of the land at the Van Hoosen Farm. Experience the world of the past through journal entries, artifacts, and photographs. We will walk the grounds, explore important geographical features, and re-imagine how the site appeared as an active dairy farm.

Historic Landscape

Image of bike ridersDowntown Rochester Bike Tour
  Sunday, July 26 - 3:00 p.m.
  Thursday, August 6 - 7:00 p.m.
  Thursday, August 20 - 7:00 p.m.

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.
Choose a Tour

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

Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Home Games
Image of Granger and Fans
  July 23, Thursday 6:30 p.m.
  August 23, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
  September 13, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Location: Museum
Cost: Free

Visit 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
  July 17, 18, 24, 25
  August 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29
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 July
Choose a Date in July

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

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.


Cathy Fitzpatrick
Cathy Fitzpatrick
Museum Program Coordinator

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