Rochester Hills Museum presents Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Bloomer Park

Children exploring their local creek.

The Rochester Hills Museum will be presenting Outdoor Explorers Camp on Thursdays, July 10 and July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 9-12 are welcome. Campers will explore the different habitats and the wildlife in Bloomer Park. July 10 will focus on water habitats and investigate amphibians and reptiles. On July 24, campers will explore the trails and woods at the park, while learning about birds and mammals. To register for Outdoor Explorers use the PayPal option on the Museum's program page at … [Read more...]

Vintage base ball match at Rochester Hills Museum on Thursday night!

Grangers of the Corn BW

A great way to kick off the summer season is by watching the Rochester Grangers play base ball the way is was played in 1865! The Grangers will play the Port Huron Welkins on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or their own chair. Vintage base ball captures the national past time as it evolved after the Civil War. Games are still nine innings long but emphasis is placed on gentlemanly behavior, … [Read more...]

‘Petticoat Surgeon’ play to debut at Rochester College

Hannah Wasil, who plays Dr. Van Hoosen in "Petticoat Surgeon"

Our local history comes to life starting tomorrow when Rochester College debuts the play - Petticoat Surgeon: The Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, dramatized by Dr. David Keller. Born in Avon Township (Rochester Hills) in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher who practiced medicine for more than 60 years. The founder of the American Medical Women's Association, Bertha was inducted into … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host Church Tour on April 28

St. John Lutheran

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a tour of churches along University Drive on Monday, April 28, 2014. The tour is from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and costs $25 for Rochester Hills Museum members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. Registration and payment is available through the Museum website at The churches that will be on the tour are St. John Lutheran, Meadowbrook Christian, Rochester Church of the Nazarene, and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum: Taking ‘New York’ by storm

In October 1910, the steamship New York sailed north from Detroit, but would never make it to its intended destination. Caught in a strong gale in Lake Huron, the ship would later sink. The location of this shipwreck remained a mystery until David Trotter and his team from the Undersea Research Associates found it last August! Join us as David Trotter recounts the story of the New York and the hard work it took to find one of the largest missing wooden steamers in the Great Lakes. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum: Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future

Persecuted and exterminated throughout Europe for centuries as the “Devil on Earth,” wolves in North America quickly suffered the same fate as settlers spread across the land. Since 1991, wolves have made a comeback in Michigan, thanks to legal protection at the state and federal level as well as increased human tolerance. Dorothy McLeer, from the University of Michigan Environmental Interpretive Center, will be talking about how our wolf population has recovered, issues with our wolf … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host Holiday events

Stoney Creel Model Railroad Club prepares train exhibit at Rochester Hills Museum.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has a variety of programs this Holiday season for the entire family. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests can pick the hour of the day they want to see Santa and order tickets on line. Guests start their visit at the Dairy Barn then proceed on a hay wagon to the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse where Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with them. Fresh baked cookies and a model train exhibit make this a … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival returns to the Rochester Hills Museum

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 12 from 10:0 a.m. until 4 p.m. The major sponsors for this event are Genisys Credit Union as well as Arteva Homes, Noodles, and Recycle Bank. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. After the evening lighting, guests can take their pumpkin home. The Museum is hoping to exceed our record of 1,011 pumpkins set in … [Read more...]

Vintage Base Ball Games Return to Rochester Hills Museum


The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will serve as the home field for another season of vintage baseball featuring the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club. Home matches will be played at the Rochester Hills Museum on Saturdays, June 8 at 1:00 p.m., June 15 at 6:00 p.m., August 3 at 1:00p.m. and August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. Admission is free and the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and local history exhibits are open during the matches. In addition, … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to participate in Blue Star Museums

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 The Rochester Hills Museum is announcing the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.  Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a … [Read more...]