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Collections: Behind the Scenes Tours

Bring a group of up to 12 to explore some of the hidden gems of Living History Farms’ Collections! Take a 45 min. guided tour of our historic treasures led by our collections staff and learn some tips for caring for your own heirloom objects. Choose from the tours below and reserve your spot today. Dates and space are limited.


Historic Quilt ShowTextile Treasures Tour

Take a guided tour of Living History Farms Historic Textile Collection storage facility and learn how you can better store your own textile treasures at home! Join museum collections staffers for this up close view of select historic quilts and clothing. These rarely seen gems are safely tucked away most off the year; explore the vault and take your peek at quilt, clothing, and hand work treasures! Discover why our museum collects certain textiles, but not others. Learn how these delicate objects are preserved and stored and what can cause them to decay. Gather tips and techniques for caring for your own heirloom textiles.

Available select dates in January, February, April, June, August, December

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1870 Montgomery Ward catalogPreserving your History Tour

Photographs, paper documents, and heirloom objects such as tools or toys are in every closet and attic. How do we keep them for future generations? Why do we want to? Get a peek behind the scenes at Living History Farms Collection storage area and discover the hidden treasures in our study collection. Join collections staffers for a peek in the acid free boxes and map shelves which carefully house objects too fragile for everyday museum display. These rarely seen gems are safely tucked away most off the year, but will be opened for our tour! Discover how even the most basic items can teach us about our past. This tour will inspire you to care and conserve your own heirlooms. Staff will share tips for preservation care you can easily do at home!

Available select dates in March, May, July, September, November

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Custom Collections Tour

Custom tours can be reserved, as curator time allows. For a custom group time, reservation inquiries must be made 30 days in advance in order to ensure the collection staff can accommodate the group. The maximum guest number (12 guests) and age (12+) will still apply to custom reservations. To request a custom tour, please email at least 30 days in advance.