Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden Preserving and interpreting the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens through the experience of an immigrant's 1890s home.
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Our Mission: The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, through the experience of an immigrant family’s 1890s home, preserves and interprets the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens and adjacent communities to engage their ever-changing populations. The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden occupies a home that was purchased by a German immigrant named Conrad Voelcker who emigrated from Germany in 1881. After his death in 1930, the house became the home of his daughter, Theresa Voelker and her husband, Dr. Rudolph Orth. Their daughter, Elisabetha Orth, who lived in the house most of her life, in her will established the organization which now runs the museum. The immediate goal of the organization was the restoration of the Voelker Orth homestead. More than a century old, this house has been the home of a single family for over one hundred years and has changed little since the days of Conrad Voelcker. A distinguishing feature of the Museum is the Victorian-style garden, containing plants that were once regular favorites in the Victorian era. The garden is maintained using eighteenth century propagation methods and gardening techniques, such as hand pruning and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides. Serving as a sanctuary, the garden’s many varieties of berry bushes and trees attract migrating birds, such as orioles, mockingbirds, and hummingbirds, as well as local species like cardinals and blue jays. In June and July, our butterfly bush attracts monarch butterflies, swallowtails, and other species. Our bee hive is home to a thriving colony of honey bees which produce a modest amount of honey and serve our educational programs. The Museum hosts yearly rotating contemporary fine art exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, and educational programs.

Operating as usual

10/19/2020
Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps are a reusable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Use yours to wrap food containers, fruits and veggies, or anything else that needs to be saved for later!

Follow Alyssa for the instructions, and let us know how yours turned out!

What will you need?
-Beeswax Pellets (1/2 oz)
-Jojoba oil (1 tablespoon)
-Pine Gum Rosin (3/4 oz)
-100% cotton fabric
-Paintbrush (use an old one that you are okay with throwing out after)
-Pencil
-Scissor
-Container for tracing your fabric size
-Baking sheet and parchment paper

10/19/2020
Beeswax Lip Balm

Join friend of the museum and Girl Scout Alyssa Connelly for two tutorials. First up, she will guide you through the process of making your own lip balm!

What will you need?
-Beeswax pellets (3oz)
-Jojoba oil (1/2 oz)
-Almond oil (1/2 oz)
-Almond Extract (a few drops)
-A small container to hold the balm

Let us know how your lip balm turned out!

10/16/2020
Honey Extraction

How does honey go from a hive, into a bottle for you to enjoy?
Watch VOM beekeeper Helen Colhoun-Wassinger for part 2 of the museum's hive journey, the extraction process.

Don’t forget! The museum sells honey from our own hive!
Stop by Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm or Sundays 12-3pm to pick up a bottle!

Large 8oz $10
Small 2oz $5
Members 8oz $8 and 2oz $4

Want to become a member? Visit http://vomuseum.org/support.html or Email [email protected] for more information.

Each year the Voelker Orth Museum has a Honey Harvest Festival. Educators and volunteers facilitate bee-themed activitie...
10/16/2020

Each year the Voelker Orth Museum has a Honey Harvest Festival. Educators and volunteers facilitate bee-themed activities, and our beekeeper extracts honey on-site.

Since this year is different, we are posting virtual activities for all to enjoy. Check back throughout the day for all the buzz!

10/16/2020
VOM Bee Hive Journey

What happens when half your hive leaves with their Queen and doesn’t return?

Follow VOM Beekeeper Helen Colhoun on part 1 of the museum’s hive journey this past summer.
Spoiler: find a new Queen, and hope the hive accepts her!

Did our hive accept our new Queen? Find out by watching the video.

Yay bees!

Did you know the Voelker Orth Museum has a bee hive that produces delicious pure honey? Join us tomorrow, October 16, to...
10/15/2020

Did you know the Voelker Orth Museum has a bee hive that produces delicious pure honey? Join us tomorrow, October 16, to learn about the bee ecosystem through various bee-related activities and pre-recorded videos.

VOM Beekeeper Helen Colhoun will provide an introduction to beekeeping, tell the story of the museum’s hive this past summer and explain the honey extraction process in detail.

Girl Scout and friend of the museum, Alyssa Connelly will offer a tutorial on how to make beeswax lip balm and beeswax food wraps.

Stay tuned for these videos and more tomorrow!

Don’t forget you can also buy our honey when you stop by the museum garden, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm and Sundays 12-3pm.

Be sure to share your own creations, questions, or comments with us!

Last week, VOM@Home asked you to find art. This week, we are asking you to be inspired by it to create easy monoprints! ...
10/05/2020

Last week, [email protected] asked you to find art. This week, we are asking you to be inspired by it to create easy monoprints!

Check out this week's activity below, and don't forget to share your prints using #VOkids!

This week's VOM@Home activity asks, "where can we find art?"Use this activity to help your young explorers find art in y...
09/28/2020

This week's [email protected] activity asks, "where can we find art?"

Use this activity to help your young explorers find art in your neighborhood. Back home, make art for yourself inspired by what you found outside!

Remember to check back each Monday for new activities, and send us what you made. Use #VOkids so we can have all your creations in one place!

An informal gathering to share memories and celebrate Gloria Lomuscio’s time at the Voelker Orth in such a peaceful Sept...
09/26/2020

An informal gathering to share memories and celebrate Gloria Lomuscio’s time at the Voelker Orth in such a peaceful September afternoon. The Museum will be dedicating one of the garden benches in Gloria’s memory.

Today's VOM@Home activity asks, "what's in the neighborhood?"Take a walk around your neighborhood and notice what has st...
09/21/2020

Today's [email protected] activity asks, "what's in the neighborhood?"

Take a walk around your neighborhood and notice what has stayed the same and what has changed these past few months.

Draw a picture of your neighborhood and include everything you saw on your walk!

Share your pictures with us to be featured on our page. Don't forget to wear a mask, and enjoy your walk!

How can we use nature to help us create art? In this week's activity, use household and nature objects to make art using...
09/14/2020

How can we use nature to help us create art?

In this week's activity, use household and nature objects to make art using two different techniques, shadows and rubbings.

Let us know what you made by sending pictures to [email protected]. You can also view this activity on our website, http://vomuseum.org/events.html

Introducing VOM@HomeWhile in-person Family Programs are still on pause, the Voelker Orth Museum will be introducing new,...
09/08/2020

Introducing [email protected]

While in-person Family Programs are still on pause, the Voelker Orth Museum will be introducing new, weekly activities for kids and families to explore while staying close to home.

Families are encouraged to use these guided activities to inspire creativity and conversation. We hope that everyone will take some moments to explore nature, neighborhoods, and each other.

Enjoy our first activity. Remember to wear your masks, and have fun!

Let us know how you're engaging with these activities by commenting or sending us pictures at [email protected]!

These activities can also be found on our website, http://vomuseum.org/events.html

Starting this Sunday, August 23rd. You can enjoy the beautifully planted setting of the summer garden. It’s been quiet f...
08/21/2020

Starting this Sunday, August 23rd. You can enjoy the beautifully planted setting of the summer garden. It’s been quiet for a while. Hope you are well and healthy!

05/27/2020

At the end of May, miss the gathering on Cinco De Mayo last year, when we could see each other and give a warm hug.

Be safe, everybody. Spring is here. Mother Nature doesn’t care about a pandemic.
04/04/2020

Be safe, everybody. Spring is here. Mother Nature doesn’t care about a pandemic.

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Voelker Orth Museum has suspended all public programs and visiting hours thr...
03/19/2020

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Voelker Orth Museum has suspended all public programs and visiting hours through April 2020. Staff will be available via email ([email protected]) and we will regularly check for phone messages (718-359-6227).

During this trying time, we hope that you can be safe and well. Look forward to seeing you again later in the year.

Pictures from our current exhibition: Nature Beckons, Landscape Photographs by A. Meshibovsky, who is also a violinist a...
03/10/2020

Pictures from our current exhibition: Nature Beckons, Landscape Photographs by A. Meshibovsky, who is also a violinist and will perform in the coming Con Brio Ensemble on March 22.

When not performing, Alexander Meshibovsky ventures out with his camera to capture the beauty of local landscapes, beckoning us to explore the natural world nearby. The North shore of Eastern Queens and Nassau County are frequent subjects of his photography, offering views of sweeping shoreline vistas, parkland retreats and former estates.

“Transfiguration”, the name has implied the concept of the picture (how a violin is made).This is from our current exhib...
03/01/2020

“Transfiguration”, the name has implied the concept of the picture (how a violin is made).

This is from our current exhibition: Nature Beckons, Landscape Photographs by A. Meshibovsky, who is also a violinist and will perform in the coming Con Brio Ensemble on March 22.

Destinations of New York State
02/08/2020
Destinations of New York State

Destinations of New York State

Winter Weekend Arts Festival at Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden

An old cannonball on the shore in Long Islandfrom our current exhibition: Nature Beckons: Landscape Photographs by A. Me...
02/04/2020

An old cannonball on the shore in Long Island

from our current exhibition: Nature Beckons: Landscape Photographs by A. Meshibovsky
(Through March 29, 2020)

This photograph has won in the 2020 annual competition held by the International Black and White Photography. It will be featured in the October 2020 issue of Black + White Photography, UK..

The artist’s statement:

In early September of last year, I was strolling along the North Shore near Glen Cove, Long Island, when I came across an object which surely did not belong there. It was an old cannonball facing the ocean. I couldn’t figure out how it got there, and felt compelled to photograph it. Later on, an old fisherman told me that high tides often wash strange objects onto the shore.

You can see how much he put himself into the music. His whole body was expressing, not only the fingers.(Recap of last w...
02/02/2020

You can see how much he put himself into the music. His whole body was expressing, not only the fingers.

(Recap of last week: Classical Guitar from Argentina with Carlos Pavan)

Here are some Shakespeare-related books in the family’s library. Two of them were published more than 110 years ago. And...
01/29/2020

Here are some Shakespeare-related books in the family’s library. Two of them were published more than 110 years ago.

And don’t miss out: Hip to Hip Theatre makes a special winter appearance with a new workshop production of Troilus and Cressida. (Fri, Feb 7, 7pm)

February is approaching. Do you have a card for your loved one? Come and join our art workshop on Feb 8, create your spe...
01/27/2020

February is approaching. Do you have a card for your loved one? Come and join our art workshop on Feb 8, create your special romantic card. Here is one from Theresa to Rudolph a long time ago.

“There‘s a man I know
Whom I like right well
And I’ve felt just so,
For quite a spell;
So I’m sending my heart
With this Valentine,
To that splendid, wonderful
Husband of mine.”

Collage with Red: Art Workshop
(Lunar New Year & Valentine Day)
Saturday, February 8, 1:30-3:30pm

Collage materials are provided. Suitable for all ages.

Admission $5 / $12 per family; children under 3 free. VOM members $4.

01/26/2020

A piece of music, in such a sunny winter day. (Classical Guitar from Argentina with Carlos Pavan)

Mark your calendar for our Winter Festival Weekend in February!
01/21/2020

Mark your calendar for our Winter Festival Weekend in February!

We also prepare some edible all sorts candy, in case Linda’s artwork made you hungry. 😄😄(The Beaded and Textile Art of L...
12/17/2019

We also prepare some edible all sorts candy, in case Linda’s artwork made you hungry. 😄😄

(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)

In Dining Room Cabinet
Beaded No-Calorie Delicacies

6. All Sorts of Licorice All Sorts
in contemporary apothecary jar

Look so real, right?!(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)In Dining Room Cabinet Beaded No-Calorie Delicacies5. ...
12/17/2019

Look so real, right?!

(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)

In Dining Room Cabinet
Beaded No-Calorie Delicacies

5. Sushi for Two

7. Petit Fours
on vintage green glass serving dish

8. Petit Fours for Easter
being assembled by bunnies, cat and mice on vintage clear glass cake stand

We’re coming up on the final week of this exhibition (The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich). In Dining Room Cabin...
12/17/2019

We’re coming up on the final week of this exhibition (The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich).

In Dining Room Cabinet, here are some Beaded No-Calorie Delicacies.😆😆

1. Beaded Rainbow Pastries & Petit Fours
on Royal Winton English Service

2. Large Box of Valentine’s Day Chocolates

3. Small box of Valentine’s Day Chocolates

4. The Day After: Valentine’s Day Chocolates

5. Sushi for Two

My First Solo Show (Part 2)(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)···“My show consists of 9 beaded pieces mounted ...
12/10/2019

My First Solo Show (Part 2)
(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)
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“My show consists of 9 beaded pieces mounted in the stick and ball cabinet--gallery with 4 bisque antique figures in beaded summer attire. Hanging are 9 works as listed below:

3. Floral Tapestry / 4. Bittersweet

6. Bad Habits
Cloisonne face made by Sylvia Landau used as a cabochon with a casino chip, seed bead embroidery, miniature beer bottles and playing cards,

7. Sea Tapestry
Boulder opal cabochon with seed bead embroidery

8. Serene Lake
Gem stone cabochon with bead embroidery

9. Fantasy Spider
Off-loom bead weaving and large decorative bead for head”
— From the artist’s statement

My First Solo Show (Part 1)(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)···“My show consists of 9 beaded pieces mounted ...
12/10/2019

My First Solo Show (Part 1)
(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)
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“My show consists of 9 beaded pieces mounted in the stick and ball cabinet--gallery with 4 bisque antique figures in beaded summer attire. Hanging are 9 works as listed below:

1. Diamondback Tapestry
Off-loom bead-woven tapestry

2. Green Serpentine Tapestry
Composed of art glass buttons and cabochons and seed bead embroidery

3. Floral Tapestry
Flowers composed from antique buttons and beaded leaves are set against a beaded trellis with various small objects hanging on the bottom

4. Bittersweet
Stone disk with bead embroidered bittersweet

5. Computer Bug
Partial computer disk, glass wings, seed beads”

— From the artist’s statement

Pictures from yesterday🌲💐🎄. Wish you were here. 2019 Annual Holiday Historic House Tour.🏠🏡🏘 #HollyTour
12/09/2019

Pictures from yesterday🌲💐🎄. Wish you were here. 2019 Annual Holiday Historic House Tour.🏠🏡🏘 #HollyTour

Rose and Daughters“This diorama is a more relaxed version of this formal family photo of my grandmother Rose and her fou...
12/03/2019

Rose and Daughters

“This diorama is a more relaxed version of this formal family photo of my grandmother Rose and her four daughters.

The photo has been reduced, reproduced, framed and placed on an antique maple easel. I have incorporated five antique bisque dolls from my collection that are wearing beaded outfits that match those my family are wearing in the photo. I also incorporated a 1:6 scale wicker chaise lounge, and a carpet-like textile bought on my trip to India.”

— From the artist’s statement

(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)
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Mom & I“This piece is in honor my pregnant mother who is represented by a 12” articulated mannequin. Pictures of my fath...
11/17/2019

Mom & I

“This piece is in honor my pregnant mother who is represented by a 12” articulated mannequin. Pictures of my father are tucked into a 1:6 scale cheval mirror. She has miniature curlers in her beaded hair.

My mother is wearing beaded slippers, nightgown, and a chenille style beaded robe decorated on the back with a peacock. She is standing on a vintage punch needle rug and is enclosed in a glass dome.”

— From the artist’s statement

(The Beaded and Textile Art of Linda Rettich)
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#flushing #museumvisit #visitmuseum #museumvisitors #museumvisitor
#queenshistory #nychistory #historynyc
#flushingqueens #flushingny #itsinqueens #flushingfantastic
#voelkerorthmuseum #queensmuseum #nycmuseums #nycmuseum
#beadedart #textilearts #textileartists #beadedsculpture #museumexhibit #museumexhibition #artexhibitions #artexhibition2019 #artexhibition

Cold outside, but stay warm and sweet inside of the house, and of you. :)(Picture from the Voelker Orth family’s kitchen...
11/12/2019

Cold outside, but stay warm and sweet inside of the house, and of you. :)

(Picture from the Voelker Orth family’s kitchen)

Address

149-19 38th Ave
New York, NY
11354

By Subway: No. 7 train to Main Street; then take the Q15 from Roosevelt Avenue to 150th Street and Roosevelt Ave or the Q13 and Q28 from 39th Avenue to 149th Street and Northern Blvd; then walk to 38th Ave By LIRR: Port Washington line to Murray Hill Station; then walk to 38th Avenue.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(718) 359-6227

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Voelker Orth Museum Garden!
What a lovely gem of NYC's cultural history! A living monument of what a German family built & contributed to this city. Thank you to entire staff for all the work they do to maintain and promote this beautiful place & its gardens. The on-site doyen, Phyllis, was so gracious in providing an in-depth tour of the restoration of this 'painted lady' Victorian home that recalls the pastoral history of Flushing, Queens. Definitely worth a visit!
At the victorian tea party July 2019
Hello! We came to your gingerbread house event a couple of years back and it was fantastic. Are you hosting one this year?