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, Aug. 18

  • 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 something, will be available.
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. - Gallery talk about Rutherford B. Hayes' presidency
  • 1 p.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 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 ($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.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

  • 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 something, will be available.
  • 11 a.m. -  Grounds tour ($8 for members, $10 for non-members)
  • 1 p.m. – Story time in the museum auditorium (free, no admission fee required)
  • 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 ($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.
  • 6:30 to 7 p.m. - Old-fashioned ice cream social and Verandah Concert featuring North Coast Big Band. Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. Donations are accepted for ice cream.

Saturday, Aug. 25

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Some of First Lady Lucy Hayes’ dresses that are not normally on exhibit will be brought out of storage and displayed in the museum. 
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Lemonade and treats available in the museum auditorium in celebration of First Lady Lucy Hayes' birthday, which is Aug. 28. Kids’ coloring pages will be available in the museum auditorium. The lemonade, treats and coloring pages are complimentary. 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 in the lower level of the museum. The scavenger hunt and Makerspace will be included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free. 
  • 11 a.m. – Hands-on artifact activity in the museum featuring an artifact related to Lucy Hayes. 
  • 1 p.m. – Presentation on Lucy Hayes’ life and times by staff member Dan Baker, followed by a hands-on artifact activity. This talk and artifact activity is free, no admission required.
  • 3 p.m. – Themed tour of the Hayes Home focusing on First Lady Lucy Hayes. 

Saturday, Sept. 1

  • 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.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A guided tour of the museum will be offered. 
  • 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.
  • 3 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, Sept. 8

  • 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. - 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.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Ohio Open Doors event. Reservations required. Learn more here: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2018/08/08/general/free-ohio-open-doors-event-discussion-featuring-johnson-s-island-more/.
  • 1 p.m. - Free presentation about the Johnson's Island Civil War prison for Confederate officers. Learn more here: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2018/08/08/general/free-ohio-open-doors-event-discussion-featuring-johnson-s-island-more/.
  • 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 ($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, Sept. 15

  • 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.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A guided tour of the museum will be offered. 
  • Noon - 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 Century. This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.

Saturday, Sept. 22

  • 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.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A guided tour of the museum will be offered. 
  • Noon - 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 ($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, Sept. 29

  • 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.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A guided tour of the museum will be offered. 
  • Noon - 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 Century. This tour coincides with the special exhibit “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century” in the museum.