Rochester Hills Museum Holiday Exhibit is Rolling into Town   


The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting their holiday exhibit, Get on Board!: A Model Train Exhibit in November and December. The exhibit opens on Friday, November 27th in the newly completed Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The trains will be running on from 1 – 4 p.m. on: November 27 & 28 December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 January 2 – will be the last day of the exhibit Family Day Special: December 26 & 27 - $8 for the … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Set to Light Up Rochester Hills Museum

MuseumPoster pumpk fest

It’s time once again for the annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival to be held at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities during the day include the Dinosaur Hill Pioneer Homestead and Playground, music, food, Guy Louis family concert, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck and more! Local celebrity story readers will be reading their favorite pumpkin themed stories. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Hosts 16th Annual Garden Walk

Watton Garden1

From town to country, the 16th annual Rochester Hills Museum Garden Walk shows off eight gardens in the greater Rochester and Oakland Township area. Co-sponsored by the Rochester Garden Club, a branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, the press release said that this year’s event takes place Thursday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can also tour the Children’s Garden on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds as well as the newly-restored Calf Barn, Dairy Barn and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Presents ‘Mammal Marvels’

A single bat can eat up to 3,000 insects in one night!

Come learn about the ‘super animals’ that live in Michigan at Mammal Marvels on Saturday, May 30 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. For non-members, the fee is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $3 for seniors. Ages 6 and up are welcome. This program will include a craft, outdoor games, and much more. To register for Mammal Marvels call (248) 656-4663 or use the PayPal option on the museum’s program at … [Read more...]

An Old Fashioned, All American, Yesteryear Family Fun Day

OLC Family Fun Event

Join the Rochester Hills Museum on Saturday, May 16 as they proudly host the Oakland Literacy Council’s An Old Fashioned, All American, Yesteryear Family Fun Day. The Oakland Literacy Council provides basic literacy and English language instruction to adults in order to facilitate lifelong learning, employment skills, and personal well-being. This fundraiser will include kite flying, three-legged races, cake walks, old fashioned base ball, fishing, stilts, and much more. Have your face … [Read more...]

Spring on the Farm and New Exhibits at the Rochester Hills Museum

A young boy makes a wooly new friend at Van Hoosen Farm
Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The arrival of spring stirs up fond memories of special times on the Van Hoosen Farm. Joshua and his helpers were planting crops, the newborn calves were following their mothers, and the sweet smells of wild flowers filled the air. The Rochester Hills Museum is celebrating the arrival of spring by inviting visitors to see their newest exhibit and to join them at their annual Spring on the Farm event. The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America 1900-1917 Exhibit On Display till Saturday, May … [Read more...]

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!

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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...]