Take a themed tour, hold a piece of history and more with scheduled activities on Saturdays through Nov. 10 and Wednesdays when Verandah Concerts take place during the summer.

Story time, opportunities to hold a historic artifact, specialized museum tours and themed Hayes Home tours are included with regular admission.

For an additional charge, grounds tours and a new Backstairs Tour of the Hayes Home that features the stories of the servants and includes some behind-the-scenes looks at the home are offered. (Additional charges are noted in the schedule below.) 

Different activities are offered, and schedules for each day will be posted here. Unless otherwise noted, the cost of the events is included with admission. 

On Verandah Concert Wednesdays, spend the day at Spiegel Grove and enjoy these special tours and activities and then attend the free concert at 7 p.m. During Verandah Concerts, the museum also will remain open until 8 p.m. The 2018 Verandah Concert schedule: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2018/04/30/general/bluegrass-barbershop-big-band-and-more-featured-in-summer-verandah-concerts/.

The scheduled activities are:

 Saturday, Oct. 20

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – A scavenger hunt for kids will be available in the museum. Kids receive a prize for completing the scavenger hunt. Makerspace, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create things, will be available.
  • 11 a.m.  - Gallery Talk - A docent will discuss one fo the museum galleries.
  • 1 p.m. - A museum staff member will bring an artifact out into the museum and allow visitors to hold it while wearing the same white gloves museum curators wear.
  • 2 p.m. - Backstairs Tour ($10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.) This tour features the stories of the Hayes Home servants and includes some behind-the-scenes looks at the home. Participants also are served ginger snaps, like the ones the servants made in the Hayes Home.

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – A scavenger hunt for kids will be available in the museum. Kids receive a prize for completing the scavenger hunt. Makerspace, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create things, will be available.
  • 11 a.m. to noon - Guided museum tour. 
  • 1 p.m. - A museum staff member will bring an artifact out into the museum and allow visitors to hold it while wearing the same white gloves museum curators wear.
  • 2 p.m. - Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th Century. This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

Saturday, Nov. 3

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – A scavenger hunt for kids will be available in the museum. Kids receive a prize for completing the scavenger hunt. Makerspace, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create things, will be available.
  • 11 a.m. - Behind the scenes glimpse tour. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - A museum staff member will bring an artifact out into the museum and allow visitors to hold it while wearing the same white gloves museum curators wear.
  • 2 p.m. - Backstairs Tour ($10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.) This tour features the stories of the Hayes Home servants and includes some behind-the-scenes looks at the home. Participants also are served ginger snaps, like the ones the servants made in the Hayes Home.

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – A scavenger hunt for kids will be available in the museum. Kids receive a prize for completing the scavenger hunt. Makerspace, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create things, will be available.
  • 11 a.m. - Gallery Talk - A docent will discuss one fo the museum galleries.
  • 1:30 p.m. - A museum staff member will bring an artifact out into the museum and allow visitors to hold it while wearing the same white gloves museum curators wear.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Military themed tour of the Hayes Home.