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Opening Day & Mother's Day

Opening Day & Mother's Day

Celebrate our summer season opening with HALF PRICE admission on Saturday! 

Kick-off the Museum's 2017 season on Opening Day May 13, or bring mom for an extra special Mother's Day on May 14. Join us as we celebrate the role of mothers throughout history. Watch the village come alive with springtime activities that will shower mom with love and affection! Don't miss chocolate-making demonstrations, American Heritage Chocolate tastings and wine/beer pairs both days! Members FREE! Mothers FREE on Mother's Day.

See What We Have in Store for our 2017 Season

Chat with our knowledgeable costumed interpreters who keep the hearth fires burning, the heirloom gardens flourishing, and the livestock tended. You’ll hear the clanging of the blacksmith’s hammer, smell the aroma of fresh baked treats and truly experience life in the 19th-century. Interpreters — including master cooks and craftsman — will be demonstrating their talents all day!

Mother's Day festivities focus on two very important facets of 19th-century culture: fashion and chocolate! All Mothers are admitted FREE on Mother's Day!

19th-Century Fashions

For women in the 19th-century, there was an appropriate outfit or mode of dress for each occasion. Experience 100 years of changing women's and children's fashions as modeled by our local families. Join us at 1pm on Sunday in the Exhibition Hall for our historic fashion show!

Immerse Yourself in the Richness of Chocolate!

Fashioned from historic 18th-century recipes, American Heritage Chocolate captures the sophisticated flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, orange and red pepper to create a delicious, slightly spicy and decadently rich flavor. * Chocolate pairings with local wines and craft beers * Savory recipes using American Heritage Chocolate * Chocolate making demos

Looking for a unique gift for Mom?

A living history experience at GCV&M would give "Mom" an experience of a lifetime! You can choose from: Tinsmith Experience, Kitchen Experience, Cooper Experience, or Blacksmith Experience. A dining experience at Hosmer's Inn Tavern will delight the taste buds.

Living History Experiences

Members, don't forget your special benefit!

Do you love the museum and want to share it with your friends? Opening Day, Saturday, May 13; War of 1812 & Jane Austen Weekend, Saturday, June 24; and National Silver Ball tournament, Saturday August 12 are Share-the-Museum events. Members may bring two guests for FREE. Member must be present. If your guest becomes a member (on-site day of visit) they will receive a 20% discount on their membership! Visit our Membership Page for more information & pricing.

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