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

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 2019 Verandah Concert schedule can be found here.

The scheduled activities are:

 

Saturday, June 22 

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - GroveFest - Enjoy nature activities, make-it, take-it crafts, live animal demonstrations and food during this annual event. More information here.
  • 2:30 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 4 p.m. to 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. Cost $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. 

* From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking is off-site only with the exception of those with handicap tags for their vehicles. Parking will be available on the street and in ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s parking lots at Buildings A and B, located at 605. Third Ave. Spiegel Grove is a short walk to the east of the hospital parking lots. 

Wednesday, June 26

  •  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab
  • 11 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. - Gallery Talk in the special exhibit "Demon Rum and Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance" 
  • 5 to 6 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. Cost $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. 
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Verandah Concert featuring Ükulele ensemble Grand Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp. Old-fashioned ice cream social is at 6:30 p.m., concert b begins at 7 p.m. Donations can be made for ice cream. Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Additional funding by Mosser Construction.

*The museum is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26.

Saturday, June 29

  •  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab
  • 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 share highlights of one of the museum galleries
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.

Saturday, July 6

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Kids craft in the learning lab
  • 11 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 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. - Gallery Talk - This talk will take place in the Life in the White House Gallery. A staff member will discuss highlights of this exhibit area.

  

Wednesday, July 10 

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Butterfly painting activity. Learn to paint a butterfly with the same technique artist Albert Bierstadt taught First Lady Lucy Hayes. ($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.
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 5 to 6 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. Cost $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. 
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Verandah Concert featuring Chrissy & Don: Music and Fun! Old-fashioned ice cream social is at 6:30 p.m., concert b begins at 7 p.m. Donations can be made for ice cream. Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Additional funding by Mosser Construction.

     

    *The museum is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

    Saturday, July 13

  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - A craft activity for kids will be available in the lower level of the museum. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • TBA - Kids Days @ Hayes: Farm Day. Kids can participate in farm-inspired activities on the lawn of the Hayes Home and learn about the plants and animals that called Spiegel Grove home. At one time, Spiegel Grove was a working farm. President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, who loved nature and wildlife, kept cows on the property and raised plants. Cost is $3 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members at the family level and higher and $5 for non-member kids. There is no charge for adults who bring kids to this event. Kids Days @ Hayes is sponsored by Impact Credit Union.
  • 11 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 3 p.m. - Museum Highlights Tour. This brief tour highlights some favorite artifacts, manuscripts and spots in the museum. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 4 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)

     

    Saturday, July 20

  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - A craft activity for kids will be available in the lower level of the museum. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 11 a.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 1 p.m. - Gallery Talk. This talk will take place in the Presidential Election Gallery. A staff member will discuss highlights of this exhibit area. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity. Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 4 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)

Wednesday, July 24

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Butterfly painting activityLearn to paint a butterfly with the same technique artist Albert Bierstadt taught First Lady Lucy Hayes. ($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.
  • 1 p.m. Gallery Talk. This talk will take place in the special exhibit "Women of Spiegel Grove." A staff member will discuss highlights of this exhibit area. (included with admission, members admitted for free)
  • 2 p.m. - Hands-on artifact activity - Put on the same archival gloves our curators wear and hold a piece of history.
  • 5 to 6 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. Cost $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Non-member tickets must be purchased with site pass. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on this tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions. 
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Verandah Concert featuring the Bridge County Bluegrass Band. Old-fashioned ice cream social is at 6:30 p.m., concert b begins at 7 p.m. Donations can be made for ice cream. Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Additional funding by Mosser Construction.

     

    *The museum is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.