Voelker Orth Museum
149-19 38th Ave., Flushing
The Voelker Orth Museum is situated inside a two-story house, constructed in 1891, that was once the home of a German immigrant family. It is through this lens that the New York City landmark hopes to “preserve and interpret the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens and adjacent communities to engage their ever-changing populations.”
In addition to providing space for exhibitions, concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the year, the property functions as a bird sanctuary and Victorian garden. Visitors might spend a quiet afternoon gazing at the diverse flowers and shrubbery or reading about Queens’s history in the residence’s library. The museum also operates a bee-hive, from which honey is harvested and sold in its gift shop.
Many of the original homeowner’s furnishings have been preserved, including a 1930 Sohmer piano that was manufactured in Queens. The museum, with its period rooms and rotating exhibitions, serves as a setting to explore connections to Queens’s past.