Posts Tagged ‘collections’

Setting the Table: Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms Series

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

Dumbarton House offers a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the recreation of our historic dining room. Following a major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) renovation and window restoration project, this behind-the-scenes tour offers the unique opportunity to learn and see the process and intricacies of installing objects in a historic house museum. From the Federal mahogany dining table with D-ends to the linens and, finally, the ceramics, visitors will learn the challenges our curatorial and collections team faces as they set the table for our regular visitors. Learn about the process of choosing a table setting, how to ensure the safety of objects, and working with the objects in the collections.

April 13th – Architecture of Dumbarton House
April 27th – Uncrating and Installing Looking Glasses
May 4th – Assembling the Bedstead and Dressing the Bed
May 11th – Setting the Table

About this tour:
• Approximately 45 minutes
• Meet at the visitor center entrance (to the right of the portico)
• Space is extremely limited and registration is required
• Not appropriate for children

Assembling the Bedstead and Dressing the Bed: Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms Series

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

Following a major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) renovation and window restoration project, this behind-the-scenes tour offers the unique opportunity to learn and see the process and intricacies of installing objects in an historic house museum. Visitors will spend part of this tour with our Curatorial and Collection team as they demonstrate how to assemble our 1785 bedstead (actually made up of three different beds!) and highlight the process of dressing a Federal period bed with various textiles.

Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms, Thursdays at 1pm
Join us to see preservation in action during this four part series!
April 13th – Architecture of Dumbarton House
April 27th – Uncrating and Installing Looking Glasses
May 4th – Assembling the Bedstead and Dressing the Bed
May 11th – Setting the Table

About this tour:
•Approximately 45 minutes
•Meet at the visitor center entrance (to the right of the portico)
•Space is extremely limited and registration is required
•Not appropriate for children

Uncrating and Installing Looking Glasses: Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms Series

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

Dumbarton House offers a chance to see preservation in action as we show visitors the process of storing and installing 18th & 19th century looking glasses in our historic interior. Following a major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) renovation and window restoration project, this behind-the-scenes tour offers the unique opportunity to learn and see the process and intricacies of installing objects in an historic house museum.

Visitors will spend part of the tour with our Curatorial and Collections team as they uncrate a Federal inlaid and parcel-gilt mahogany looking glass (c. 1790-1800), install a Plexiglas model mirror for interpretation of the parlor, and hang a Federal tri-part overmantel looking glass, circa 1800-1815, in the dining room.

Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms, Thursdays at 1pm
Join us to see preservation in action during this four part series!
April 13th – Architecture of Dumbarton House
April 27th – Uncrating and Installing Looking Glasses
May 4th – Assembling the Bedstead and Dressing the Bed
May 11th – Setting the Table

About this tour:
• Approximately 45 minutes
• Meet at the visitor center entrance (to the right of the portico)
• Space is extremely limited and registration is required
• Not appropriate for children

Preservation in Action: Packing Collections

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by dbh-01

Preservation in action! Dumbarton House is packing our collections to be moved off site in preparation for HVAC renovations. Join members of our Collections staff on Wednesdays from 12-3pm, as we open our “Packing HQ” (aka the museum’s dining room chamber) to visitors so that YOU can watch as our collection is boxed up in preparation for our move. From ceramics and glass to textiles each object offers unique challenges, so come back every week to see how we progress. Come October 23rd, we’re temporarily relocating our collection offsite to make way for a new geothermal HVAC system. Stop by and see just what it takes to pack and catalogue an entire museum collection!

Wednesday September 7-October 19; 12pm-3pm
Included with admission to the museum; last entry 2:45pm
$5- adults;
$4- AAA & National Trust Members;
Free- DH members, NSCDA, students (with ID), AAM, HHMC, US Treasury Dept. employees

Group tours – please contact our education department to schedule your groups of 5 or more: programs@dumbartonhouse.org

Preservation in Action: Packing Collections

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by dbh-01

Preservation in action! Dumbarton House is packing our collections to be moved off site in preparation for HVAC renovations. Join members of our Collections staff on Wednesdays from 12-3pm, as we open our “Packing HQ” (aka the museum’s dining room chamber) to visitors so that YOU can watch as our collection is boxed up in preparation for our move. From ceramics and glass to textiles each object offers unique challenges, so come back every week to see how we progress. Come October 23rd, we’re temporarily relocating our collection offsite to make way for a new geothermal HVAC system. Stop by and see just what it takes to pack and catalogue an entire museum collection!

Wednesday September 7-October 19; 12pm-3pm
Included with admission to the museum; last entry 2:45pm
$5- adults;
$4- AAA & National Trust Members;
Free- DH members, NSCDA, students (with ID), AAM, HHMC, US Treasury Dept. employees

Group tours – please contact our education department to schedule your groups of 5 or more: programs@dumbartonhouse.org