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The museum offers special events throughout the calendar year to include afternoon teas, lectures, literary programs, community partnerships, craft shows, and more. Please check our schedule of events below every few months as it is updated seasonally. Reservations are required for all events. To make a reservation call the museum at 757-623-9814, and please leave a voicemail if we do not answer. You can also email hhvmwhitney@gmail.com or click the button below. All calls and emails will be returned during our regular business hours, Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 4pm. 

Interested in a unique venue for your private event? Click the button below to learn more about hosting a private event at the Hunter House Victorian Museum!

Upcoming Events

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An Adventure Through the National Parks: Tea and Trivia

Sunday, June 23rd 2024
$30 Members/$45 Not-Yet Members/$15 Children under 13
Seatings at 12pm and 3pm

The creation of National Parks opened up the rugged world for vacationing Victorians. From Yellowstone’s creation to the modern park system, millions have enjoyed the adventure of the natural world.  Join us for an afternoon tea and fun trivia exploring the history of National Parks.  

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Around the World:A Tea With Nellie Bly

Sunday, July 21st 2024
$30 Members/$45 Not-Yet Members/$15 Children under 13
Seatings at 12pm and 3pm

Discover the blurred lines between journalism and travel. Come meet our special guest Nellie Bly! Learn about the real life events that inspired her to write her most famous works while enjoying the comfort of an afternoon tea. 

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Meet Me In St. Louis:A World Exposition Tea 

Sunday, August 11th 2024
$30 Members/$45 Not-Yet Members/$15 Children under 13Seatings at 12pm and 3pm

Some favorite vacation stops of the Hunter Family were World Expositions.   Join us in exploring the history of World Expositions and their far reaching impacts. This afternoon tea will feature a guest speaker along with  sweets and savories inspired by the family's travels. 

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 Summer Lecture Series

Join us all summer long as we delve into the wild and wonderful world of travel! All of these events are FREE for our members!

To register for lectures please email hhvmkirby@gmail.com or give us a call at 757-623-9814

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 12pm
Plan, Design, Go: A Look at Travel Through Postcards

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the Hunter Family postcard collection as the staff shares how these postcards sparked our summer exhibition. Journey with us through the process of planning, designing, and implementing our teas and lectures for the season.

  • Sunday, June 30th at 12pm
Put on your Summer Clothes: Victorian Travel & Attire

The Hunters and many other wealthy families of the 20th century had opportunities to travel far & wide. In this seasonal talk for Hunter House members, we'll explore what travel for a Victorian family would have looked like and take a deep dive into women's recreational fashion.

  • Sunday, July 28th at 12pm
Fast Food: Dining During the Golden Age of Railroads

This lecture explores the rich history of dining on trains, from its inception in the mid-19th century to its transformation into a sophisticated aspect of railway travel. We will delve into how railroad dining has influenced both railway culture and the broader culinary landscape.

  • Sunday, August 18th at 12pm
Wrecking the Gilded Age: A Short History of the First Luxury Liners

Travel in the late 19th and early 20th centuries relied heavily on steam engines. Perhaps one of the most well-known is the steamship. Steamships carried passengers across oceans to exotic locations and did so in luxury. These early liners were the height of luxury travel, but what happened to them? This talk takes a look at the surprisingly tragic and slightly bloody history of the first luxury liners.

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A Note on Tea Events

Our biggest and most popular way to raise funds has always been our monthly themed teas. Owning to the need for additional funds for preservation and the rising costs of programming events and entertainment, we are changing our non-member tea price to $45.00 per person.

We regret that due to the size and nature of our facility, we are unable to provide accommodations for dietary needs or restrictions. All menus are set for each event and cannot be changed. Should you wish to attend one of our teas and bring your own food from home while partaking in our tea beverage service and event atmosphere, we can offer a discounted price of $15 for such occasions. Please make this request at the time you make your reservations.

Our teas typically include scones with jam or curd, three sweet items, three savory items, and our signature hot tea- Miss Eloise’s afternoon tea, which is a black tea with Jasmine. We do not offer additional tea options as we are not a restaurant or tea house and these special tea programs are designed with set menus. You are welcome to bring tea bags from home if you require decaffeinated options; we are happy to provide you with hot water, sugar, milk, and lemon as needed.

Reservations are required for all events. To make a reservation call the museum at 757-623-9814, and please leave a voicemail if we do not answer.  You can also email hhvmwhitney@gmail.com or click the button below.

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