The Molly Brown House Museum offers a variety of educational programs for adults.
1340 Penn/After Hours
$13 Members | $16 Nonmembers 7:00-9:00pm
Are you a fan of Thirsty Thursday Speakeasy Nights? Have you discovered our creepy Afterlife Series? These fan-favorite, after-hours events are now combined! Hear chilling tales and explore taboo topics while sipping cocktails at Margaret’s house, 1340 Penn.
Suggested for ages 21+. Must present ID to enjoy spirits!
Naughty Victorian Valentines
Thursday, Feb. 7
Victorians were known to have secret languages (be careful not to drop your fan!), and Valentines were no exception. Learn about the hidden language of love, as well as some of the more colorful language being used at the time while we take a look behind closed doors.
Steampunk Ghost Hunt
Friday, April 26
Victorians and spiritualism went hand in hand. Come in your steampunk finest for a Victorian ghost hunt. From knocks to dowsing rods and pendulums, we will investigate how Margaret may have gone looking for what went bump in the night!
Queer in the Age of the Queen
Thursday, June 6
In an age ruled by repressed sexuality, take a look back at queer culture – both here in the U.S., and abroad under the rule of Queen Victoria. Learn how the queen herself spoke about sexuality, and how homosexual, transgender and queer culture grew from this time.
Barnum Presents: Victorian Freaks & Oddities
Friday, July 12
Did you know that P.T. Barnum once owned land here in Denver? Learn about the history of Barnum’s ties to Denver, and witness a menagerie of freak acts through a strong tradition of performance that continues to this day.
Is Mrs. Brown Still Here?
Friday, Sept. 13
Grab a flashlight and join us for a ghost hunting tour through Mrs. Brown’s home as we try to find what does go bump in the night! After the tour we will discuss ghosts, hauntings, and all things relating to the paranormal as we sip spirits!
We Will Not Be Denied
Thursday, Nov. 7
Join us for a lively debate between Margaret Brown and others on the cause of women’s suffrage. Learn about the struggles that arose from women fighting through the final push for suffrage. A red rose against or a yellow rose in support – which will you choose?
This series pairs local organizations with a current headline relevant to social activism, transitional justice, and community involvement. Using safe-space guidelines, we will listen, share and seek to understand the issues that affect us today, and those that affected Margaret Brown and Denverites 100 years ago. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for program topics. Suggested for ages 16 and older, per parental discretion. The Salon Series will take place on:
Community Book Club
A collaboration between the Molly Brown House Museum (MBHM) and the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum (BEHM), this book club reads and discusses books related to women’s history, western expansion and Denver’s early days. Bring your book and share your insights!
Sunday, February 10 (@MBHM)– The Beaten Territory, by Randi Samuelson-Brown
Sunday, April 14 (@BEHM)– Remembering Lucille, by Polly E. Burgos
Sunday, June 9 (@MBHM)– In the Company of Like-Minded Women, by Elaine Russell
Sunday, August 11 (@BEHM)– The Lucky Hat Mine, by J.v.L. Bell
Sunday, October 13 (@MBHM)– The Invention of Murder, by Judith Flanders
Sunday, December 8 (@BEHM)– On Colfax Avenue, by Elizabeth Young
RSVPs are requested, but not required. To RSVP, please call the Center for Colorado Women’s History at (303) 620-4933.
Explore topics beyond our general house tour on this “tour behind the tour!” Staff and community experts will unravel some fascinating tales from the threads of Margaret Brown’s life.
The Victorian Language of…
Decoding text messages can be hard with the LOLs, BRBs, and ROFLs. While Margaret may not have had a cell phone, she navigated an equally complicated language of fans, flowers and other modes of social etiquette. Learn how to flirt with your Valentine and how not to commit a deadly social faux pas!
Margaret Brown: On Being Female
Peering through the lens of gender, we’ll explore what life was like as woman in the Victorian era. From corsets and ball gowns to harsh laundering chemicals and lead in your makeup, how dangerous and restricting was it to be Margaret Brown?
Tales From the Titanic
As one of just a few Titanic sites in the United States, we can help you learn more about the Titanic: how the different classes of passengers traveled, the immigrants coming to a new home, industrialization, and Titanic’s effects on maritime law.
Everyone but the Browns Exhibit Preview
Get an insider’s peek into our summer exhibit. Our museum curator will walk you through the stories, objects and research that provide us a glimpse into the lives of everyone else who lived in the House of Lions.
LGBTQ: 1900 to Now
Located in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the museum has been witness to an emerging and thriving queer culture. For Gay Pride Month, we’ll take a look back at the history of queer culture from Margaret Brown’s time to today.
Margaret Brown’s Early Life
Margaret came of age in the bustling river town of Hannibal, Mo. Learn about life for a young girl growing up as the daughter of Irish immigrants in post-Civil War America.
Death in the Dining Room
Explore daily life in a Victorian home for a family of the Browns’ social standing. Did they kick off their shoes? How long did it take to eat dinner? Could you talk politics in the parlor? We’ll answer these questions as we learn about how the Browns used their home and material goods.
Was There an Upstairs/Downstairs?
Margaret’s working-class background led her to treat her servants more as equals than other families at the time. We know she encouraged them to read and become educated in many ways. Let’s explore daily life for those in domestic service 100 years ago.
During the Victorian era, the celebration of Halloween took hold in America and many of today’s customs were developed. While costumes and decoration are now different than those in Molly Brown’s time, the mystery and surprise of Halloween is a sentiment we still celebrate.
Margaret Rocks the Vote
As we finish celebrating 125 years of women voting in Colorado, and look toward the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let’s explore voting rights issues from a century ago and learn how Margaret helped all women achieve the right to vote.
Christmas with the Browns
We’re decking the halls Victorian-style, and welcome you to experience the origins of some of the most beloved Christmas traditions, including some very special Christmases with the Brown family.