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 immi

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 immi

Operating as usual

Can you spot all the cute flying friends in our garden today?📷@guoreeca
07/08/2021

Can you spot all the cute flying friends in our garden today?

📷@guoreeca

06/29/2021

Stay cool NYC!

Want to get away from the heat? The museum is open for free house tours Tuesdays and Sundays 1-4pm.

📽️ @atg.artist

JUNE 22 EVENT RESCHEDULE : Our first summer event scheduled for June 22 is postponed due to the upcoming rain. We have r...
06/21/2021

JUNE 22 EVENT RESCHEDULE : Our first summer event scheduled for June 22 is postponed due to the upcoming rain. We have rescheduled for Thursday, June 24 from 2-4!

In the meantime, enjoy some images from our garden. We hope to see you on Thursday for fun in the sun. Happy summer!

*EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN. PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY, JUNE 24 FROM 2-4. *Join us in the garden on Thursday, June 24 ...
06/17/2021

*EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN. PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY, JUNE 24 FROM 2-4.

*Join us in the garden on Thursday, June 24 from 2-4pm to welcome in summer with art making, music, and our homemade grape punch!

All are welcome to this free event.

*EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN. PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY, JUNE 24 FROM 2-4.

*Join us in the garden on Thursday, June 24 from 2-4pm to welcome in summer with art making, music, and our homemade grape punch!

All are welcome to this free event.

Join us in the garden for Printing with Flowers this coming Sunday, May 23, 1-3:30pm.We welcome you into the garden for ...
05/18/2021

Join us in the garden for Printing with Flowers this coming Sunday, May 23, 1-3:30pm.

We welcome you into the garden for a printmaking workshop using flowers and foliage. This workshop is suitable for both children and adults. We provide the supplies. You bring your creativity.

Free admission, but we welcome contributions.

Join us in the garden for Printing with Flowers this coming Sunday, May 23, 1-3:30pm.

We welcome you into the garden for a printmaking workshop using flowers and foliage. This workshop is suitable for both children and adults. We provide the supplies. You bring your creativity.

Free admission, but we welcome contributions.

Watch VOM Educator, Emily Gross as she discusses the process of drying and pressing flowers. While on a spring walk, pic...
05/06/2021
VOM Pressed Flowers

Watch VOM Educator, Emily Gross as she discusses the process of drying and pressing flowers.

While on a spring walk, pick some flowers! Safe places to pick flowers are in a park, on a walking trail, in your own garden or backyard, on the street. Wear gloves and wash your hands after touching any plants found outside.

Have fun with this activity and share your creations with us!

https://youtu.be/a7a5dm9LsF8

Watch VOM Educator, Emily Gross as she discusses the process of drying and pressing flowers. While on a spring walk, pick some flowers! Safe places to pick f...

04/22/2021

VOM tour guide and artist, Phyllis Ger, walks us through a découpage activity using recycled objects easily found around the home.

Découpage is the art of decorating objects by gluing materials onto an object's surface. Be as creative as you want with this easy activity. Follow along to see one way to use this method.

Materials:
-Any objects you want to paste on. Typically containers, cartons, or boxes are used.
-Strong adhesive glue (E6000 is used in this video).
-Paintbrush
-Mod Podge
-Cup with Water
-Printed images, photos, any materials you would like to paste on to your object.
-Any extra decorative elements.

Steps:
1) Begin by arranging and pasting images (or whatever materials you chose) on your object.
2) Take your brush and dip into the Mod Podge, spread a thin layer on top of your pasted materials.
3) Dip brush in cup of water and squeeze out the excess on a towel in-between uses.
4) Add any extra decorative elements if you have them.
5) Share your creations with us by tagging @vomuseum. Have fun!

Happy Earth Day from the Voelker Orth Museum! Here are some images from the garden in bloom.   Photo credit: Angela T Ga...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day from the Voelker Orth Museum! Here are some images from the garden in bloom. Photo credit: Angela T Gage #earthday #queensgardens

Special thanks to visitor Rebeca Galbinski on capturing the garden at the start of its bloom. Check our her video below ...
04/15/2021
Spring 2021 NYC - Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden - Queens - April 8, 2021

Special thanks to visitor Rebeca Galbinski on capturing the garden at the start of its bloom. Check our her video below and enjoy!

The Voelker Orth Museum welcomes visitors into the garden during our Monday-Friday business hours (10-4pm) and Sunday afternoons from noon-3pm.

House-tours are offered on Sunday & Tuesday, from 1-4pm.

Spring Visit to the Landmark Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden House from 1891 in Flushing Queens New York - April 8, 2021.

We invite you to try our new VOM@Home activity to reflect on this past year.The Museum is re-opening for house tours Ap...
03/16/2021

We invite you to try our new [email protected] activity to reflect on this past year.

The Museum is re-opening for house tours April 11th.
We hope you will soon come to visit! Please see our website (http://vomuseum.org/exhibitions.html) for more information on scheduling a house tour and upcoming workshops this spring.

Memory Boxes
(This activity can also be found on our website at the link below).

Memory boxes capture a special event or period of time to be recalled in future years. This Do-It-Yourself project marks our year living with COVID-19. As we begin to emerge with new treatments, we offer some tips and suggestions for capturing your personal memories of the past year.

Creating a Memory Box
As we start to recover and find ways to re-engage in many of life’s activities more safely, we have a [email protected] project to capture memories, thoughts and feelings about this past year. It can be done as your own activity or as a family or other small group effort. You’ll want to give yourself some time to pause and think about this past year as you work on this.

Often with the passing of time we forget the little things that were important at the moment or were a short-lived set of habits. It has been a year with many new routines, disappointments, losses and even a time for discovering new interests and skills.

A Memory Box is a collection of things to be remembered – both personal and in the world around you. It can contain a variety of materials, from your own writing, things that you’ve read, photos, drawings, everyday objects from the past year. It should remind you of things that were important, made you happy or sad, new experiences or help remember something or someone lost.

Keep it a small group of items (no more than a dozen), held together in nothing much larger than a shoe box. The box itself can be decorated in materials that remind you of this past year.
While you may put this together as a virtual memory collection on a tablet or phone, we urge you to make a version to go into a small box.

Memory Box Instructions
1. Take some time to think about what you’d like to include in your collection before you gather the items. Consider including about a dozen items: small objects, writing, pictures, etc. You can take a picture of something too large to fit into your box.

2. Write a list of everything you’ve collected to put in the box (and put the list in the box, too): Include your name and the date, along with a short description of the items included in the box, and perhaps, why you chose them.

3. Find a box or jar to hold the collection. The container can be decorated or plain but it should be sturdy enough to last for a long time.

4. Find a good place to stow your treasure box safely. Once it is assembled put it away for at least a year.

You can use these tips & suggestions if you’d like some help to get started:
-Include some typical items, like a facemask, in the mix. It will help you remember and share your memories when you open your box in the future.

-Think about a mix of personal memory items and a few things that other people would know.

-Think about important days, your feelings, both good and difficult things you experienced. Did you learn something new? Was there a particular person or thing you missed? Was there a new routine in your life? Were there new sounds or smells? How did things change for you during the year?

-If you have a very delicate item, you can put it in an envelope or other wrapper for safe storage. Before you enclose the item write a note on the outside package: “Handle with care.”

-Things last better if they keep dry. If you have any small desiccant packets from boxed items that you’ve purchased, (these are small packets. 1-3 inches, that contain silica gel), place one or two in the Memory Box. They help absorb any moisture that may accumulate from the air.

-Recording/storage technologies can change over time so it may prove difficult to view at a future date. You may want to replace this item with a new version at a later time.

While this project is meant to be stored away for a future time, perhaps you’ll be will to let us know what you’ve put in your collections and why you’ve chosen those items. Email [email protected] to share.

We invite you to try our new [email protected] activity to reflect on this past year.

The Museum is re-opening for house tours April 11th.
We hope you will soon come to visit! Please see our website (http://vomuseum.org/exhibitions.html) for more information on scheduling a house tour and upcoming workshops this spring.

Memory Boxes
(This activity can also be found on our website at the link below).

Memory boxes capture a special event or period of time to be recalled in future years. This Do-It-Yourself project marks our year living with COVID-19. As we begin to emerge with new treatments, we offer some tips and suggestions for capturing your personal memories of the past year.

Creating a Memory Box
As we start to recover and find ways to re-engage in many of life’s activities more safely, we have a [email protected] project to capture memories, thoughts and feelings about this past year. It can be done as your own activity or as a family or other small group effort. You’ll want to give yourself some time to pause and think about this past year as you work on this.

Often with the passing of time we forget the little things that were important at the moment or were a short-lived set of habits. It has been a year with many new routines, disappointments, losses and even a time for discovering new interests and skills.

A Memory Box is a collection of things to be remembered – both personal and in the world around you. It can contain a variety of materials, from your own writing, things that you’ve read, photos, drawings, everyday objects from the past year. It should remind you of things that were important, made you happy or sad, new experiences or help remember something or someone lost.

Keep it a small group of items (no more than a dozen), held together in nothing much larger than a shoe box. The box itself can be decorated in materials that remind you of this past year.
While you may put this together as a virtual memory collection on a tablet or phone, we urge you to make a version to go into a small box.

Memory Box Instructions
1. Take some time to think about what you’d like to include in your collection before you gather the items. Consider including about a dozen items: small objects, writing, pictures, etc. You can take a picture of something too large to fit into your box.

2. Write a list of everything you’ve collected to put in the box (and put the list in the box, too): Include your name and the date, along with a short description of the items included in the box, and perhaps, why you chose them.

3. Find a box or jar to hold the collection. The container can be decorated or plain but it should be sturdy enough to last for a long time.

4. Find a good place to stow your treasure box safely. Once it is assembled put it away for at least a year.

You can use these tips & suggestions if you’d like some help to get started:
-Include some typical items, like a facemask, in the mix. It will help you remember and share your memories when you open your box in the future.

-Think about a mix of personal memory items and a few things that other people would know.

-Think about important days, your feelings, both good and difficult things you experienced. Did you learn something new? Was there a particular person or thing you missed? Was there a new routine in your life? Were there new sounds or smells? How did things change for you during the year?

-If you have a very delicate item, you can put it in an envelope or other wrapper for safe storage. Before you enclose the item write a note on the outside package: “Handle with care.”

-Things last better if they keep dry. If you have any small desiccant packets from boxed items that you’ve purchased, (these are small packets. 1-3 inches, that contain silica gel), place one or two in the Memory Box. They help absorb any moisture that may accumulate from the air.

-Recording/storage technologies can change over time so it may prove difficult to view at a future date. You may want to replace this item with a new version at a later time.

While this project is meant to be stored away for a future time, perhaps you’ll be will to let us know what you’ve put in your collections and why you’ve chosen those items. Email [email protected] to share.

On this International Women's Day we recognize the Museum’s founder, Elisabetha Orth. Elisabetha Orth was born in 1926 a...
03/08/2021

On this International Women's Day we recognize the Museum’s founder, Elisabetha Orth.

Elisabetha Orth was born in 1926 and lived in her Queens home her entire life. A lifelong companion to her mother, Theresa, Elisabetha was a devoted teacher and active in the Queens community and civic affairs. Her love of education expanded into her love of gardening, birdwatching, the arts and history. Elisabetha ensured her family legacy would live on in bequeathing her home to establish the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden.

Did you watch any birds last weekend? If not, that's ok! Birdwatching can happen any day you want. Use these tips to hel...
02/16/2021

Did you watch any birds last weekend? If not, that's ok! Birdwatching can happen any day you want. Use these tips to help you get started.

When you're ready to spend time outside birdwatching, use our bingo game to see how many birds you can find!

A helpful app to get you started can be found at https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

Unable to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend? Check out our pre-recorded bird feeder cam that was...
02/12/2021
Bird Watching at the Voelker Orth Museum

Unable to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend? Check out our pre-recorded bird feeder cam that was set up on February 8, 2021.

Questions to help guide your watch:
How many birds can you count?
What do you notice about these birds?
Do all of these birds look the same or can you spot any differences?
How are these birds interacting with each other?

Are you participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count? Let us know by tagging @vomuseum or using #VOMUSEUM in your posts!

Get ready to make a bird feeder ornament with us! In this simple activity, you will be able to feed the birds in your ow...
02/12/2021

Get ready to make a bird feeder ornament with us!

In this simple activity, you will be able to feed the birds in your own neighborhood. Here's what you will need to get started.

Materials:
1-2 cups birdseed (we used 2 cups)
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (we used 2)
Bowl for mixing
Spoon
Scissor
Cookie cutters, molds, or just your hands!
Ribbon, twine, or sturdy string
Baking dish or sheet
Cooking spray or additional oil

Step 1:
Mix 1 cup birdseed and 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
-Adjust based on how many ornaments you want to make. For Example, we used 2 cups birdseed and 2 tablespoons oil, which made 6 ornaments.

Step 2:
Put cookie cutters or molds onto a baking sheet or tray that has been sprayed with cooking oil.

Tip: If you don't have any molds, you can use your hands to mold any shape you like. Make sure to pack the mixture tightly so it doesn't lose shape.

Step 3:
Push the mixture into your molds tightly.

Step 4:
Take the back of your spoon or any other object to poke holes in the middle of each mold. Make the sure the holes go all the way through to the bottom.

Step 5:
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
When they are ready to be removed from the fridge, let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

Step 6:
Push molds out slowly to reveal your bird feeder shape. Take your ribbon or twine and string though the hole and tie a knot. You're ready to hang!

Hang your ornament away from a window, preferably near a tree or shrub. Be patient while you wait for the birds to find your treat. It might take them awhile to realize what you have left out for them is food.

If you are participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, take 10 minutes to watch your birds, count how many you see and report to birdcount.org to participate!

Learn how you can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count by watching the video below and going to https://www.birdco...
02/11/2021
The Great Backyard Bird Count

Learn how you can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count by watching the video below and going to https://www.birdcount.org/participate/ to find out more information!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an easy way to help the birds you see everyday. With just 15 minutes of your time, you can help scientists better understand...

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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 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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?