Take a themed tour, hold a piece of history and more with scheduled activities at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Kids crafts, 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. Our schedule of other special events can be found here.

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 2019 Verandah Concert schedule can be found here.

The scheduled activities are:

 

Wednesday, Aug. 7

  • 10 a.m. - Learn to paint a butterfly with the same technique artist Albert Bierstadt taught First Lady Lucy Hayes when he visited the White House. ($3 for members, $5 for non-members)

  • 11 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.

  • 12:30 p.m. - Gallery Talk in the “Women of Spiegel Grove” exhibit. This talk will highlight the exhibit. 

  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 

  • 5 p.m. - Backstairs Tour of the Hayes Home. This special tour focuses on the stories of servants in the home. It includes some behind-the-scenes looks at the home and fresh-baked ginger snaps, like those the servants made. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. ($8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass) 

  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Old-fashioned ice cream social and Verandah Concert featuring Matthew Ball, aka the Boogie Woogie Kid, performing boogie, blues and swing piano music. Ice cream social is from 6:30 to 7, concert 7 - 8. (Donations accepted for ice cream, concert is free)

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Saturday, Aug. 10

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab. 
  • 10:45 a.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Museum highlights tour. A museum staff member will highlight some of the artifacts, manuscripts and exhibits in the museum.
  • 1:45 p.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 

 

Saturday, Aug. 17

 

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab. 
  • 10:45 a.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Gallery talk. A museum staff member will discuss and offer some additional insight on one of the galleries in the museum.
  • 1:45 p.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 4 p.m. - Backstairs Tour of the Hayes HomeThis special tour focuses on the stories of servants in the home. It includes some behind-the-scenes looks at the home and fresh-baked ginger snaps, like those the servants made. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. ($8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass)

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21

  • 11 a.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Gallery talk. A museum staff member will discuss and offer some additional insight on the "Women of Spiegel Grove" special exhibit.
  • 2 p.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 3 p.m. - Themed tour of the Hayes Home focusing on the women connected to Spiegel Grove, the estate of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. This tour is connected to the special exhibit "Women of Spiegel Grove."
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Old-fashioned ice cream social and Verandah Concert featuring the North Coast Big Band, performing toe-tapping tunes of the World War II era. Ice cream social is from 6:30 to 7, concert 7 - 8. (Donations accepted for ice cream, concert is free)

    The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Saturday, Aug. 24

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Display of First Lady Lucy Hayes' dresses not normally on display. Bonus: Two of Lucy's dresses not normally on display are located in the special exhibits "Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance" and "Women of Spiegel Grove."
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Complimentary lemon treats and lemonade available in the lobby in celebration of First Lady Lucy Hayes' birthday.
  • 10 a.m.  - Tour of the Hayes Home focusing on First Lady Lucy Hayes.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Learn to paint a butterfly with the same technique artist Albert Bierstadt taught First Lady Lucy Hayes when he visited the White House. (Free, no admission required.)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history related to First Lady Lucy Hayes.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history related to First Lady Lucy Hayes.
  • 3 p.m. - Tour of the Hayes Home focusing on First Lady Lucy Hayes.

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab. 
  • 10:45 a.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Themed tour of the Hayes Home focusing on the women connected to Spiegel Grove, the estate of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. This tour is connected to the special exhibit "Women of Spiegel Grove."
  • 1:45 p.m. -  Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. 
  • 5 - 8 p.m. - Craft Beers, Cocktails & Crusaders - Enjoy samples of craft beer from brewers around the region and cocktails made from historic recipes, live music and living history presenters. This event coincides with the special exhibit "Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance." Access to the exhibit is included in the ticket price. Tickets are $20 for Hayes Presidential members, $25 for non-members and $10 for designated driver admission. Tickets are available here and at the front desk of the museum.