Flushing’s Voelker Orth Museum announces lineup of summer events

Voelker Orth Museum summer events
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Located in Flushing, the Voelker Orth Museum is a renowned site featuring fully furnished rooms with historical furniture, a Victorian garden and a sanctuary for birds. It was built in 1891 and occupied by Conrad Voelker, a German immigrant, and his family for generations. The museum became a New York City Landmark in 2007 and was later added to the National Register of Historic Sites in 2020.

This summer, the museum is offering a wide variety of events for people of all ages. Come and enjoy!

Garden Creativi-Tea

Voelker Orth Museum summer events
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Tuesdays, through Aug. 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join the Facebook event here.

The museum celebrates pollinators this year with a family-friendly art and nature workshops. Honeybees are one of many animals that help pollinate the garden flowers.

The workshops are suitable for families and for adult participants and will take place in the garden. However, the learning annex can be an indoor space for working on projects. Refreshing iced tea will also be served! There are several workshops, each with different activities.


July 19 – All the Colors 

A collage workshop with Amy Cheng, whose work is displayed at the museum. Have fun with colors!

July 26 – Ode to Butterflies

Butterflies and other flying pollinator friends inspire wearable artistic creations. Get creative with decorating masks and more!

July 29 – Hip to Hip Theatre’s production of “The Adventures of Pericles”

Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. (seating opens at 7 p.m.)

Enjoy a free performance in the garden!

The play runs for 90 minutes. Seating is provided and the garden is accessible. In the case of rain, the performance will be canceled.

The play tells the story of Pericles, who is pursued by an evil king, as he embarks on a journey full of twists and turns.

“The Adventures of Pericles” is the first of two plays this season. The company returns with Much Ado About Nothing” on Friday, Aug. 12.

Voelker Orth Museum summer events
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Through July 31 – Spheres and Sinospheres

On view until July 31, Amy Cheng’s works, curated by Sara Lynn Henry. Open for viewing Tuesday to Thursday and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. This exhibition features vibrant paintings and prints by Cheng, that form connections between Western, Eastern and Middle Eastern art.

Aug. 2 – Paper Flowers

Decorate your home with your own giant paper flowers, with a touch of botany!

Aug. 9 – Summer Hats for Nature Walks

Keep a cool head by making a decorated hat to explore the garden in!

Admission for each session is $4 and $10 per family (cash or credit). Children under 3 are free. The museum is open on Tuesday afternoons for visitors.

Coming soon: 

Aug. 7 – Helaine Soller Paintings: Landscapes and Memories

Voelker Orth Museum summer events
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Aug. 23 – Honey Harvest Festival

Celebrate all things honey!

Extra gallery hours through July: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, in addition to Tuesdays and Sundays. The garden is open Monday to Friday from 10 to 4 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. Drop-in house tours are Tuesdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit the website.

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