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 for June and July are as follows:

Wednesday, June 13

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the history lab in the lower level of the museum
  • 12:30 p.m. – Grounds tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members, $8 for members.)
  • 2 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.
  • 5 p.m. – Backstairs Tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.)

Saturday, June 16

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Museum tour
  • 2 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 p.m. – Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

Saturday, June 23

GroveFest: Nature at the Grove, a free nature event featuring live animal presentations, activities and more is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds. Grounds tours will be offered for free. Details about GroveFest: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2018/04/18/general/grovefest-nature-at-the-grove-offers-live-animal-presentations-hands-on-activities-more/.

 

Wednesday, June 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Grounds tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members, $8 for members.)
  • 2 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.
  • 5 p.m. – Backstairs Tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.)

Saturday, June 30

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Museum tour
  • 2 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 p.m. – Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

 

Saturday, July 7 

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Museum tour
  • 2 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 p.m. – Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

Wednesday, July 11 

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Gallery talk, an in-depth look at special exhibit "In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century"
  • 2 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.
  • 5 p.m. –Backstairs Tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.)

Saturday, July 14

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Grounds Tour
  • 2 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 p.m. – Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

Saturday, July 21

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Grounds Tour
  • 2 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 p.m. –Backstairs Tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.)

Wednesday, July 25

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Museum Tour
  • 2 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.
  • 5 p.m. –Backstairs Tour (Cost is $10 per person for non-members and can only be purchased with a ticket to the home and museum. Cost for members is $8.)

Saturday, July 28

  • 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. Maker’s Space, an area where kids can use blocks or other items to create something, will be available.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Grounds Tour
  • 2 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 p.m. – Themed tour of the home focusing on medical practices of the 19th This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.