Special Events

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up smug, you know, with a white quilt: and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

– Lewis Carroll,

Alice Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass


Walking in a Witchy Wonderland

Saturday, January 13th & Sunday, January 14th
2 PM & 5 PM
$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Give a nod to witchy folklore and sorcery in nineteenth century literature at this afternoon tea. Winter whites and pointy hats encouraged, but not required.

For the Love of Russia

Sunday, January 28th
2 PM
$15 Children/$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Celebrate the beauty of Russian culture with Sleeping Beauty from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. Character appearance is included. Adults and children welcome.

Painting the Roses Red

Sunday, February 11th
2 PM
$15 Children/$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Hold on to your head at this tea inspired by Alice in Wonderland, with special appearance by the Queen herself. Adults and children welcome.

A Hat and Glove Tea

Sunday, March 4th
2 PM
$30 for all Attendees
Wear your Sunday best to this afternoon tea featuring pieces of ladies fashion from the Hunter family collection. This event is a fundraiser for the museum’s archives.


Help us celebrate our thirtieth year as a museum! These events have been handpicked as favorite throughout our thirty-year existence. Join us at one of the following events this winter.

A Chocolate Lover’s Tea

Saturday, January 21st
2 PM & 5PM
$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Lovers of all things chocolate, unite! Spend the afternoon with your friends as you devour sweets and savories inspired by this indulgent treat, plus pots of steaming hot tea to boot.

Tea with the First Ladies

Sunday, February 18th
2PM & 5PM
$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
Enjoy a hot pot of tea and delicious sweets and savories as you gossip with the first ladies of the late nineteenth century. This interactive tea is sure to delight guests of all political affiliations.

Celtic Tea

Saturday, March 17th
2 PM & 5PM
$25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members
May the road rise up to meet you at this afternoon tea celebrating Celtic heritage with hot tea, sweets, savories, and music.


Join us for readings, songs, and refreshments focused on literary figures and their contribution to 19th century culture. Spend winter nights as the Victorians did: cozy in their parlors with a variety of entertainment.
$10 Members/$15 Not-yet Members
Thursday, January 16th, 7 PM
H.G. Wells and American Sci-Fi
Thursday, February 15th, 7 PM
Elizabeth Gaskell
Thursday, March 15th, 7 PM
Irish Literature


History lovers will enjoy this special program given on the first Thursday of every month this winter at 6 PM. Come hear a lecture given by local historians and scholars on 19th century culture in the front parlor of the museum. Afterwards, indulge at one of the many delicious restaurants in the neighborhood or on Granby Street.
Please make reservations with the museum for the lecture and with your chosen restaurant for dinner. Admission to each lecture is free.
Thursday, January 4th, 6PM
The 19th Century Evolution of Time
Thursday, February 1st, 6PM
Great Loves of the 19th Century
Thursday, March 1st, 6PM
Victorian Crime and Punishment


Love & Laughter: Victorian Ballads of Yesteryear

Friday, January 26th, 7PM
Free for Members/ $ 10 Not-yet Members
Joshua Weinstein and Rebecca Evans will gain grace the museum’s parlor with music and comedy. A perfect date-night!

We Want You! A Volunteer Mixer

Sunday, March 18th, 1PM to 3PM
Interested in volunteering with us? Join us at an informal mixer to meet current volunteers, tour the museum, and discuss our volunteer program over scones and tea. Reservations are required for this event.

19th Century Symposium

Saturday, March 24th, 10 AM to 3PM
$20 Members/ $25 Not-yet Members/ $15 Students
The Eloise Hunter Chapter of the VSA and the museum invite you to experience a day of all things 19th century with area scholars and enthusiasts. The event will be held at the MacArthur Memorial Education Center and includes a boxed lunch.

Please be advised that all our events require advance registration and payment.

Please call the museum (757-623-9814) or email us (hhvm1894@gmail.com) for reservations.