Rochester Hills Museum to Host March Lecture Series

The Movie Red Barn was Filmed on Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a series of Friday night programs to help educate and inspire our residents and guests and to beat the winter blues. Barn Red On Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm, enjoy the independent movie – Barn Red.  This movie was filmed on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula and stars Ernest Borgnine as a simple farmer who refuses to sell his family’s farm to a developer.  After meeting a former migrant worker who worked on the farm as a … [Read more...]

Winter Survival 101 at Bloomer Park

Join the Rochester Hills ​naturalist and environmental educator for a fun afternoon learning how to survive outdoors in the winter

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is presenting Winter Survival 101 The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Winter Survival 101 on Monday, January 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Bloomer Park. Admission is free for Rochester Hills Museum members. For non-members, the admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Guests will join the city’s naturalist and environmental educator as they show how to build a winter … [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 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 Garden Club and Van Hoosen Farm enjoy a perfect partnership

Club member Marilee Shortreed presents Museum Supervisor Pat McKay with a donation for Van Hoosen Farm.

For over thirty years, The Rochester Garden Club, a branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden, has been supporting the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm with volunteer labor, creative ideas and monetary awards. Both organizations share the desire to improve the quality of life in the greater Rochester area, and have worked closely together to create a shared vision of a livable and sustainable community. “This is a partnership that has always worked, and we are so appreciative … [Read more...]

Historic Districts Commission to Present Preservation Awards


The city’s Historic Districts Commission will present its annual Earl E. Borden Historic Preservation Award at the City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at City Hall. This year, the HDC has voted to present the Earl Borden Award for Historic Preservation Leadership to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, for their leadership and development of the Oakland Regional Historic Sites website, an online resource that places information on historic sites in one easily accessible … [Read more...]

Join the Antler Amble at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen

Patrick Endres holding an elk antler.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Antler Amble on Friday, April 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bloomer Park. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. For non-members the price is $5 for adults, $3 students, and $3 for seniors. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Guests will be learning why deer lose their antlers, how these antlers are used by other animals, and where you can go to look for deer “sheds”. This program will include a fun hike … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Celebrate Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen’s Birthday

bertha portrait 1407

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will celebrate the 150th birthday of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen on her birthday, Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and birthday cake will be served after the presentation. Maureen Thalmann will provide a presentation on her life as a surgeon, teacher, professor, author, doctor, reformer, and world traveler and she will make a major announcement about Dr. Bertha at this event. At her death, Dr. Van Hoosen was one of the most well known … [Read more...]

Learn the History of Stony Creek Metropark

The Rochester Hills Museum will present a program on the history of Stony Creek Metropark on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free for Museum Members and $5 adults, $3 seniors and students. In 1959, construction started on a new Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority park in Macomb and Oakland Counties. This was the beginning of Stony Creek Metropark. During the time of construction public relations officer John Sterling and photographer Jim McGarrigle diligently documented the … [Read more...]

Holiday Events coming to the Rochester Hills Museum

The holidays are here! If you are looking for some fun, family-friendly activities, look no further than the Rochester Hills Museum!  On Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the farm to meet with good boys and girls and accept their Christmas wish lists. Tickets for Santa’s Visit are $4 for Rochester Hills Museum Members and $7 for non-museum members. Timed tickets can be purchased online with PayPal at or in person on … [Read more...]