Current Exhibits and Events

Antiques 101 – Digging Deeper Tour

Is it real or reproduction? Whether you’ve wondered if the dining set you inherited is really an antique, or merely dreamt of hitting it big on “Antiques Roadshow,” the new “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour could prove helpful. “Antiques 101” is a workshop-style tour during which participants can learn some of the basics on how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. September 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Phillip Mead, director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the new Museum of the American Revolution will present: “Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia,” on September 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception (by donation) at 6:00.

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Deconstructing the “Hamilton!” Phenomenon with Frank Rizzo

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Variety theater critic and Connecticut arts writer Frank Rizzo will give a lively multimedia presentation on the phenomenon that is “Hamilton!” at 6:30 p.m. at the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception (by donation), at 6:00.

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Alexander Hamilton to Visit WDS

The final battle of the American Revolution was planned by George Washington and French General Rochambeau at the home of Joseph Webb, in Wethersfield, Connecticut in May, 1781. Two months later, Alexander Hamilton led three battalions in that final battle, in Yorktown, Virginia, in conjunction with allied French troops, and forced the British surrender. It seems fitting that Hamilton will visit the former Webb home, now part of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS), on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

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“Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour

Brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1700s and mid-1800s will be featured during the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour on Saturday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended for this behind-the-scenes view of an historic and well-preserved collection!

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Up Close and Creepy: Witches & Tombstones Tours at WDS

Bone-chilling, historical details will be shared during the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased here.

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Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas – Dazzling Preview Party, Candlelight and Daytime Tours

The 2017 season will begin with the lively WDS Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wines and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. View more details.

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