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“A Must-See for Everyone!”

Whaley House Museum
Ranked #18 of 68 things to do in Flint
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Whaley Historic House Museum offers visitors a look back into the lives of Flint residents of a bygone era. By stepping back into the Victorian home, you are transported to America's Gilded Age and through an hour-long tour you will learn about the Whaley family, American culture, politics, and the city of Flint during the final decades of the nineteenth century. In addition to the regular tour, the museum regularly hosts a variety of special programs, including our History Happy Hour lecture series, Christmas at Whaley House, October program, vintage base ball, a quilting bee workshop series, and will soon be adding more programs to the list. So, whether you are in town for a short visit or are an area resident looking for special activity to attend, the Whaley House has something for your to enjoy. Regular tour hours are the first and third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, but appointments can be made throughout the week between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:00 pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Must-See for Everyone!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

This beautiful Gilded Age home showcases Flint's history in a family friendly way! I am a big history buff and there is always something new to see because they rotate their exhibits. The house itself is full of artifacts and on tours the docents do an amazing job of bringing the past to life. The entire first floor of the home is handicap accessible (which is great since some historic houses aren't!) and it my group of fifteen people felt very well taken care of.

The first time I went to the house was last fall during the House in Mourning program. It was very educational, and it was interesting to learn about how Victorian customs have carried over to today. The house even attracted actor William Ragsdale (from CSI, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Herman's Head) to visit when he was in Flint for the Zombie Walk. That was totally cool!

I also visited last December and the house was decorated for Christmas. It's amazing to see this beautiful home full of twinkling lights - you feel just like you are in Dickens' A Christmas Carol! I brought my family to take our Christmas picture in front of the big tree in the front parlor and it was gorgeous.

They even co-sponsor a vintage baseball team in the summer that plays by historical regulations with authentic uniforms. There truly is something for everyone! I plan to visit again on a Saturday for a tour and then have lunch downtown with my husband for a date. It's a great place to take a picture with your sweetie. :-)

Visited December 2013
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Flint, Michigan
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What's the point?”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

I'm sorry, but who cares how a bank executive and his wife lived? It's a small house, not fit for plus-sized or handicapped people, and awful for crowds.

Visited December 2013
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Ferndale, Michigan
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59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“HISTORIC HOME NOW MUSEUM”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

You can get lost in the Gilded Age here in the home of Robert J. Whaley and his family who contributed so much to the City of Flint. Take the docent tour and do not go through the house on your own because you will miss everything. The docents will explain where the Whaley family fits in an ear filled with biz tycoons, women's activism, urban expansion, industrial revolution and more.

Guides will also tell you about the home owners and others too and a whole lot of juicy gossip. Very fun.

Besides, there are so many programs at the Whaley house. Did you know you can rent the facility for weddings, parties and more?

History is everywhere here. There is aLumber City Base Ball Club of Flint, which was originally formed in 1870. You can still see vintage baseball played competitively even during the Civil War. Wait 'til you see the old-time uniforms. It's a wonder those players didn't have heat stroke.

So, visit the Whaley House. Plenty of free parking

Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Worth a stop!”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

This was our first stop when we visited Flint. We made it for the noon tour and my husband and I were the only two on the tour. We had one guide tell us about the lower level and a second guide tell us all about the upper level.

Both guides were super friendly and very knowledgeable about the home and the family that once lived there.

If you enjoy history it is a nice, inexpensive way to spend an hour.

Visited May 2013
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Flushing, Michigan, United States
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“quilt shows here”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

house is very interesting and the history is interesting also.

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