Lippitt House Programs

Off-Season Guided Tours

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May - December

Seasonal Guided Tours

Fridays 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
3rd Saturdays 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

This 45-minute guided tour highlights the museum’s art and architecture and provides a window into Providence's Golden Age through stories of the Lippitt family and the domestic servants who lived and worked at Lippitt House.
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May - December

Lippitt Labs

3rd Saturdays 2:00-4:00 pm

The Museum is transformed into a laboratory for exploring history. Through activities, demonstrations, discussions, and first-person interpretation, visitors investigate the Victorian era in Providence and the lives of the Lippitt family. The program is designed to make history accessible for visitors of all ages.

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Saturday, June 18

Lippitt Labs: Design

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

Every visit to the Lippitt House is a journey to a long-lost era of interior design. During this Lippitt Lab, visitors will examine the home’s design elements up close before exploring the materials and techniques with docents. Visitors will be able to:

  • Experiment with Victorian decorative wall painting techniques, such as faux-marble and faux-wood.
  • Invent new wood flooring patterns.
  • Play with stencils laser-cut to match those on Lippitt House walls.
  • Explore stained glass design elements.

 

Sunday, June 26

Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande

A Hunter Music Series concert for the family on the Lippitt House lawn. More details.


Saturday, July 16 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Women & Children

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

What was life like for women and children in 19th century Providence? What kind of games did children play? Enjoy a day of play Victorian-style but don’t forget to mind your manners!

  • Explore the games children played indoors and outdoors – including hoops, marbles, and a zoetrope on loan from the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art.
  • Discover the elements of a woman’s finishing school education and learn some techniques of needlepoint.
  • Examine the Lippitt family’s dollhouse up close and design your own doll furniture.
  • Investigate the etiquette rules of the era by having tea with a Lippitt daughter in period costume.

 

Saturday, August 20 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Design

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

How did the wealthy live in Providence’s Golden Age? Step back in time as you admire intricate Victorian design techniques used in Lippitt House. Then try your hand at some of these techniques!

  • Experiment with Victorian decorative wall painting techniques, such as faux-marble and faux-wood.
  • Invent new wood flooring patterns.
  • Play with stencils laser-cut to match those on Lippitt House walls by AS220
  • Explore stained glass design elements.

 

Saturday, September 17 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Schooling

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

What was schooling like in 19th century Providence? Class is in session at Lippitt House Museum and you’ll be surprised how much fun it is to be a student again!

  • Participate in drawing exercises like those conducted by Mary C. Wheeler who taught one of the Lippitt daughters.
  • Try your hand at writing script with a steel nib and ink well (and compare to the quill pen it replaced) and write postcards inspired by the Victorian postcard mania.
  • Create a 21st century version of the Victorian “reward card” for good behavior.
  • Explore the ideas of Friedrich Froebel through the block building and paper folding exercises of the first kindergartens and examine images of Lippitt children in 19th century Providence Froebel kindergartens.

 

Saturday, October 8 | 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Steampunk Mansion Mashup

$15 in advance, $20 at door

Steampunk is the fantastic creative world where history and science fiction coexist. Whether you're a die hard fan of Steampunk or just curious, you won't want to miss this Steampunk event in the amazing high style Victorian setting of Lippitt House.

In collaboration with Red Fork Empire, a collective of creative individuals who express themselves through the wide ranging avenues of Steampunk culture, Lippitt House is showcasing this fascinating alternate world where Victorian culture collides with science fiction and the present.

Steampunk musicians, performers, and artists will provide entertainment and general wonderment in a free flowing evening of fun.

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Saturday, October 15 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Politics & Elections

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

Ever wonder about the history of Rhode Island politics? Nearly all members of the Lippitt family were politically involved. Join us for a look back as you gear up for the 2016 election!

  • Explore the movement for women’s suffrage and the arguments against it proposed by women like May Lippitt.
  • Examine political cartoons of the era and write your own for this political moment.
  • Investigate the voting booths and ballots of the time and cast your vote on issues of the era.

 

Saturday, November 19 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Women and Children

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

What was life like for women and children in 19th century Providence? Glimpse life in the Victorian age and learn about women’s role both at home and in the community.

  • Investigate the etiquette rules of the era by writing a 21st century “etiquette manual” with the Providence Comics Consortium’s Walker Mettling and Julia Gualtieri.
  • Learn how Lippitt daughter Mary Lippitt Steedman helped found a local chapter of the American Red Cross in Providence in 1916. View a traveling exhibition honoring its 100th anniversary and the service the Red Cross provides to Rhode Islanders.
  • Discover the elements of a woman’s finishing school education and learn some techniques of needlepoint.
  • Explore the games children played indoors and outdoors – including hoops, marbles, and a zoetrope on loan from the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art.
  • Examine the Lippitt family’s dollhouse up close and design your own doll furniture.

 

Saturday, December 17 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lippitt Labs: Winter & Holidays

$10 adults, $5 students, free for children under 12 and active military personnel with ID

The holiday season is filled with fun traditions – many of which originated in the Victorian era. Come join the festivities at this final Lippitt Lab of the year!

  • Explore Victorian Christmas traditions such as paper Christmas decorations.
  • Learn about and even try your hand at winter traditions such as knitting.
  • Examine Henry Lippitt’s Thanksgiving proclamation and write a proclamation for a new holiday in the 21st century.


Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906