Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden MVHM celebrates life in 19th-century New York and educates the community through relevant interpretation and preservation of the only remaining historic day hotel in Manhattan.

It is owned and operated by The Colonial Dames of America.

Operating as usual

Join us for our Virtual Hearst Fellows Symposium on July 30 at 3pm ET, and hear from our two William Randolph Hearst Fel...
07/23/2021

Join us for our Virtual Hearst Fellows Symposium on July 30 at 3pm ET, and hear from our two William Randolph Hearst Fellows, Jolie Vanier and Sofia Altherr, about their research on the emerging American industries in the 19th century. Jolie is pursuing an MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Oregon. In her presentation, she will use furniture as a lens through which to explore the German immigrant experience in relation to the changes in the furniture making industry. Sofia attends Trinity College in Hartford and is majoring in Art History. She will discuss how textile production changed as a result of technological advancements, as well as how fabric consumption changed in accordance with evolving fashions in the 19th century. Register for the Symposium Zoom link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hearst-fellows-symposium-tickets-163308138037

Join us for our Virtual Hearst Fellows Symposium on July 30 at 3pm ET, and hear from our two William Randolph Hearst Fellows, Jolie Vanier and Sofia Altherr, about their research on the emerging American industries in the 19th century. Jolie is pursuing an MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Oregon. In her presentation, she will use furniture as a lens through which to explore the German immigrant experience in relation to the changes in the furniture making industry. Sofia attends Trinity College in Hartford and is majoring in Art History. She will discuss how textile production changed as a result of technological advancements, as well as how fabric consumption changed in accordance with evolving fashions in the 19th century. Register for the Symposium Zoom link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hearst-fellows-symposium-tickets-163308138037

Picturing America: Immigrant Perspectives on Nature in the 19th Century & Today, the Museum’s new virtual exhibition, is...
06/22/2021

Picturing America: Immigrant Perspectives on Nature in the 19th Century & Today, the Museum’s new virtual exhibition, is now live on the website. It highlights thirteen artists and explores how nature functions as a universal motif to explore cultural identity and belonging across countries and eras.

Thomas Cole in “View on the Catskill-Early Autumn” mourned the devastation of the verdant valley due to the construction of the railroad by depicting the landscape untouched by human activity.

Picturing America: Immigrant Perspectives on Nature in the 19th Century & Today, the Museum’s new virtual exhibition, is now live on the website. It highlights thirteen artists and explores how nature functions as a universal motif to explore cultural identity and belonging across countries and eras.

Thomas Cole in “View on the Catskill-Early Autumn” mourned the devastation of the verdant valley due to the construction of the railroad by depicting the landscape untouched by human activity.

Add the Museum to your child’s summer plans! Join us for our Virtual History Week, June 28 - July 2. Travel back to the ...
06/03/2021

Add the Museum to your child’s summer plans! Join us for our Virtual History Week, June 28 - July 2. Travel back to the 19th century and explore the art, history, science, and cooking of the time through morning Zoom sessions and off-screen projects.

For details and registration, visit https://mvhm.org

Our azaleas have been enjoying the sunny spring weather!#accessibility [Photo description: Photo 1 is a close up of a cl...
05/17/2021

Our azaleas have been enjoying the sunny spring weather!

#accessibility [Photo description: Photo 1 is a close up of a cluster of light purple azalea blossoms dotted with water droplets. The museum garden is in the background. Photo 2 shows the light purple and bright pink azaleas in the foreground with a black lamppost, brown gazebo, and bright green ivy in the background. ]

#HistoricGardens #NineteenthCentury #UpperEastSide #NYCMuseums

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! In the 19th century, hydrangeas symbolized gratitude according to the Victorian languag...
05/05/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! In the 19th century, hydrangeas symbolized gratitude according to the Victorian language of flowers. We are so grateful for all educators, especially those we worked with during this challenging year! We dedicate these hydrangeas to you!

#accessibility [Image description: Light pink hydrangeas and an abundance of large green leaves in the Museum’s garden]

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #NYCTeachers #NYCMuseums #HistoricGardens

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! In the 19th century, hydrangeas symbolized gratitude according to the Victorian language of flowers. We are so grateful for all educators, especially those we worked with during this challenging year! We dedicate these hydrangeas to you!

#accessibility [Image description: Light pink hydrangeas and an abundance of large green leaves in the Museum’s garden]

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #NYCTeachers #NYCMuseums #HistoricGardens

This is a bell lantern from our Upper Hall. It is made of elegantly curved glass, and has an etched design of grapes and...
05/02/2021

This is a bell lantern from our Upper Hall. It is made of elegantly curved glass, and has an etched design of grapes and leaves. Lamps like these were a popular luxury good in the early 19th century, and several of them can be seen throughout the Museum. This lantern would have easily lit the large upper hall while impressing visitors with its style. This lantern would have been filled with water, with a layer of whale oil floating on the top with a wick. The wick would then have lit the highly flammable oil for long periods of time, until the oil burned off and the lamp self-extinguished.

#accessibility [Image description: Inverted bell-shaped glass lantern hanging from the Museum’s ceiling on a chain. The lantern is amber-colored.]

#HistoricLighting #lighting #HistoricHomes #NYCMuseums #NYC

This is a bell lantern from our Upper Hall. It is made of elegantly curved glass, and has an etched design of grapes and leaves. Lamps like these were a popular luxury good in the early 19th century, and several of them can be seen throughout the Museum. This lantern would have easily lit the large upper hall while impressing visitors with its style. This lantern would have been filled with water, with a layer of whale oil floating on the top with a wick. The wick would then have lit the highly flammable oil for long periods of time, until the oil burned off and the lamp self-extinguished.

#accessibility [Image description: Inverted bell-shaped glass lantern hanging from the Museum’s ceiling on a chain. The lantern is amber-colored.]

#HistoricLighting #lighting #HistoricHomes #NYCMuseums #NYC

Our beautiful crabapple tree is in bloom!#accessibility [Image description: Crabapple tree branches are full of light pi...
04/26/2021

Our beautiful crabapple tree is in bloom!

#accessibility [Image description: Crabapple tree branches are full of light pink flowers and dark pink flower buds. The stone Museum building is in the background, and its windows and white shutters peek out from behind the branches.]

#NYCMuseums #AmericanHistory #HistoricHome #VintageGarden #flowers #NYC

Our beautiful crabapple tree is in bloom!

#accessibility [Image description: Crabapple tree branches are full of light pink flowers and dark pink flower buds. The stone Museum building is in the background, and its windows and white shutters peek out from behind the branches.]

#NYCMuseums #AmericanHistory #HistoricHome #VintageGarden #flowers #NYC

04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day from the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden!

#accessibility [Image description: Moving image of small purple flowers in the Museum’s garden swaying in the wind.]

#EarthDay #HappyEarthDay #HistoricHomes #VintageGarden #AmericanHistory #NYC

Our flowering quince is finally in bloom!#accessibility [Photo Description: Three photos of our flowering quince. Each p...
04/11/2021

Our flowering quince is finally in bloom!

#accessibility [Photo Description: Three photos of our flowering quince. Each photo shows different angles of the small pink blossoms, which are clustered on the plant’s branches.]

#spring #flowers #NYC #NYCHistory #AmericanHistory #HistoricHome #museum

The first bloom of spring in the Museum’s garden!#accessibility [Photo Description: A sunny yellow daffodil stands out a...
03/21/2021

The first bloom of spring in the Museum’s garden!

#accessibility [Photo Description: A sunny yellow daffodil stands out among the green plants in the Museum’s side garden. The stone wall of the Museum is in the background.]

#spring #flowers #nyc #nycHistory #AmericanHistory #HistoricHomes #museum

The first bloom of spring in the Museum’s garden!

#accessibility [Photo Description: A sunny yellow daffodil stands out among the green plants in the Museum’s side garden. The stone wall of the Museum is in the background.]

#spring #flowers #nyc #nycHistory #AmericanHistory #HistoricHomes #museum

The application for our Summer 2021 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship can now be accessed from the Museum website at: h...
12/21/2020

The application for our Summer 2021 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship can now be accessed from the Museum website at: https://mvhm.org/get-involved/ Fellows design an independent project that contributes to the Museum's interpretation, and they are involved with the programming and operations of the Museum. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply; the deadline is March 15, 2021.

The application for our Summer 2021 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship can now be accessed from the Museum website at: https://mvhm.org/get-involved/ Fellows design an independent project that contributes to the Museum's interpretation, and they are involved with the programming and operations of the Museum. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply; the deadline is March 15, 2021.

More snow at the Museum today than all of last winter!  #snowstorm2020 #winterwonderland #nysmuseum #historichousemuseum...
12/17/2020

More snow at the Museum today than all of last winter! #snowstorm2020 #winterwonderland #nysmuseum #historichousemuseum #mvhm

In the 19th century, the Mount Vernon Hotel would have served wild oysters from the East River throughout the year, but ...
12/14/2020

In the 19th century, the Mount Vernon Hotel would have served wild oysters from the East River throughout the year, but during the holiday season, American cookbook author, Mrs. T. J. Crowen, recommended that you serve an oyster pie to your guests.

It’s the first snow of the season. The Museum gazebo looks so pretty with a dusting on the roof!  #firstsnow #nysmuseum ...
12/09/2020

It’s the first snow of the season. The Museum gazebo looks so pretty with a dusting on the roof! #firstsnow #nysmuseum #historichousemuseum #nychistory

It’s the first snow of the season. The Museum gazebo looks so pretty with a dusting on the roof! #firstsnow #nysmuseum #historichousemuseum #nychistory

The Museum’s 19th-century style holiday table features a beautiful punch bowl that could have been filled with Eliza Les...
12/02/2020

The Museum’s 19th-century style holiday table features a beautiful punch bowl that could have been filled with Eliza Leslie’s “Milk Punch,” a combination of brandy or rum, milk and nutmeg, with or without lemon juice or water. Virtual Holiday Tours are a great way to learn more about how the season was celebrated in the early 1800s. #nychistorymuseum #historiccocktails #nymuseums #19thcenturyhistory

The Museum’s 19th-century style holiday table features a beautiful punch bowl that could have been filled with Eliza Leslie’s “Milk Punch,” a combination of brandy or rum, milk and nutmeg, with or without lemon juice or water. Virtual Holiday Tours are a great way to learn more about how the season was celebrated in the early 1800s. #nychistorymuseum #historiccocktails #nymuseums #19thcenturyhistory

East Midtown Partnership
10/23/2020

East Midtown Partnership

Check out the latest in our Faces of East Midtown series!

“Both locals and tourists love the city’s arts and cultural organizations. Although it will take some time, tourism will definitely rebound, and until that time, I know that we can all count on New Yorkers to support us." - Terri Daly, Director of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden in East Midtown

To read Terri’s full #FacesOfEastMidtown interview, visit: www.eastmidtown.org/faces

Find our deal on Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours plus lots of other museum discounts All In NYC!
10/21/2020
All In NYC: Neighborhood Getaways

Find our deal on Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours plus lots of other museum discounts All In NYC!

Celebrate local businesses and experience the best of the five boroughs.

Today we are exactly two weeks away from Election Day. Early in our country's history, voting on this day would have bee...
10/20/2020

Today we are exactly two weeks away from Election Day. Early in our country's history, voting on this day would have been celebrated with a festival and a great cake, known as Election Cake. Although women were not given the right to vote until the 19th Amendment, prior to that they were still able to express their political voice, often through food. Join us Wednesday evening for a virtual workshop to explore "Food, Women, & Elections" which will include a demonstration on how to make Election Cake. Visit our website for details: https://mvhm.org/?events=food-women-elections-a-virtual-workshop

The Colonial Dames of America
10/06/2020
The Colonial Dames of America

The Colonial Dames of America

What will you be sipping on during the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden's 2020 Virtual Fall Benefit? Consider preparing a drink recipe from the CDA cookbook to enjoy as you listen to Adryn Sumner's beautiful piano performance and Shelby Carr's fascinating book talk on Louise Sneed Hill and Gilded Age society. Click on the link to view three featured cocktail recipes selected by the Society's President General and these two special Dames.

Happy Autumnal Equinox when the sun is exactly above the equator, day and night are equal, and we salute the sundial!A s...
09/22/2020

Happy Autumnal Equinox when the sun is exactly above the equator, day and night are equal, and we salute the sundial!

A sundial is an instrument that displays what time it is by utilizing the sun’s position throughout the day to cast a shadow. They can take various forms, from compact fold-up versions to gigantic monumental
structures. Sundials have a long and rich history which stretches back to Egypt 2000 BC. Every educated person was well versed in its concepts. They were designed with strong aesthetics and moral values in mind, although their usage was practical. Sundials were usually decorated with astronomy, roman
numerals and mottos in latin.

We have improved ways to keep time for split-second precision today, but the sundial's allure has not diminished. While the main idea of a sundial is universal, its architecture is entirely site-specific, and closely unites the spectator, the place, and the heavens. Even though the dial is fixed (no moving components!), it still tracks flickering time. While the dial is passive in nature, it
speaks clearly and leads to meditation-of the sun, the world and our place in it, of time and its passing, of history and mortality.
Sundials influence us in unconventional ways. We should admire them, even if it rains, for their beauty and craftsmanship, and historical value! We can be intrigued by their technical features, and to high accuracy that allows it to read the time and many other parameters. And
a well-designed sundial shows a wonderful mapping of the celestial sphere's locations and events, based on the relationships between the location, the dial surface, and the ever-changing sun direction.
#atumnalequinox #sundial #historicalwatches #historicsundial #historicalgarden

(Images: 4 different sundials, one bronze in the Museum garden, two round, one square )

The card game Cribbage was brought to America by English settlers where it became popular in the colonies in the 17th an...
09/21/2020

The card game Cribbage was brought to America by English settlers where it became popular in the colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, especially in New England. Since it requires only two players, it was also adopted by sailors and fishermen as a way to pass the time. And it would have been played in the 19th century at day hotels like the Mount Vernon Hotel. Cribbage is experiencing a resurgence, so join the fun on Thursday at 6:30pm to hear about its origins, learn the rules, and practice with on-line games led by our own "Cribbage Master." Tickets are free for Members and $10 for non-members and can be reserved here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4731176

(Image description: Ivory cribbage board and face cards on a game table.)

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!#womensequalityday #womensequalityday2020
08/26/2020

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!
#womensequalityday #womensequalityday2020

Happy National Waffle Day! The earliest records of waffle irons were from the Low Countries of Belgium, the Netherlands,...
08/25/2020

Happy National Waffle Day! The earliest records of waffle irons were from the Low Countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg around the 14th century. The original design consisted of two iron plates connected to two long wooden handles. The plates often had the coat of arms from their country of origin or religious symbols. It is likely that the waffle iron was first brought to New York by Dutch immigrants in the 17th century.
#waffle #wafflesforbreakfast #nationalwaffleday

(Image: hanging waffle iron) @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Today's the day that the Weeks Marine rigger will travel up the East River to the waters of Soundview Park, carrying thr...
08/20/2020
Shipping Containers Turned into Oyster Tanks in Brooklyn

Today's the day that the Weeks Marine rigger will travel up the East River to the waters of Soundview Park, carrying three shipping containers retrofitted to grow and transport millions of oysters as part of the Billion Oyster Project. In the early 19th century, oysters were plentiful in the East River. They were a popular food sold from street carts and numerous oyster cellars throughout New York City and would have been served to the guests dining at the Mount Vernon Hotel.

The program could help restore about 100 million oysters.

This maple flute from the 19th century in the Museum collection could not have been played by all of the Hotel guests du...
08/13/2020

This maple flute from the 19th century in the Museum collection could not have been played by all of the Hotel guests due to social restrictions. Join us on Friday at 12:30pm for our monthly Virtual Lunchtime Lecture and find out who was not permitted to play it. Hint: this month’s topic is parlor music and music education.

(image: wooden flute)

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