January 18, 2023
There are a number of museums that are celebrating Valentine’s Day in various ways. We know that Valentine’s Day has historic roots which may be hard to believe since there is a lot of commercialism surrounding it. Last year, I wrote about the history of Valentine’s Day and the link for that post can be found below. I created this small sample of museums that are having events honoring the holiday this year since the pandemic. These events are held to help raise money for museum operations.
1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Museum of the City of New York https://www.mcny.org/valentinesday
The Museum of the City of New York is having a variety of events celebrating Valentine’s Day. For instance, there is a love-themed museum-wide scavenger hunt that involves interacting with the museum and other participants on social media starting on the Saturday before the holiday. Also, on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, there is the Love Yourself Project which uses the origami heart to invite people to participate in this campaign that encourages people to discover what they love about themselves to plant a small seed and spread the consciousness of self-love. More events are listed in the link above.
2. Valentine’s Day Brunch & Film at the George Eastman Museum https://www.eastman.org/event/film-screenings-special-events/valentines-day-brunch-film-2023
The George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York is holding a catered Valentine’s Day Brunch and a film screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn, directed by Blake Edwards, on Sunday, February 12th. Reservations are required and there will be a raffle.
3. Family Valentine’s Day Papermaking Workshop Holland Museum https://hollandmuseum.org/event/mlk-day-celebration-2023-2/?event_date=2023-02-13
At the Holland Museum in Holland, Michigan, there is a free STEAM family program that explores the science of papermaking and provides the opportunity to make handmade paper valentines with environmental artist Sandra Hansen.
4. Valentine’s Day Sweetheart’s Dinner and Dance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library https://www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/valentines-day-sweethearts-dinner-and-dance-2023/
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California is holding its 15th annual Sweetheart’s Dinner and Dance on Valentine’s Day with seating for people celebrating the holiday under the wings of Air Force One. Live music and a four-course meal are provided. There are tables for two as well as reserved and preferred table seating available for groups of four or more.
5. Valentine’s Day at CMA Private Dining Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art https://www.columbusmuseum.org/?post_type=cma_event&p=39274&date=2023-02
The Columbus Museum of Art is having a dining experience at two different times on the evening of February 10th. In addition to a four-course meal, there is also a cocktail celebration with live music, light bites, and cocktails before exploring the open galleries at night. Tickets for the general public will go on sale on January 21st.
6. Her Art’s Desire | 2023 Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Garden https://hillwoodmuseum.org/events/her-arts-desire-2023-valentines-day-celebration
The Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Garden in Washington, D.C. has an evening event called Her Art’s Desire on Valentine’s Day where attendants can be the first to see the exhibit Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood. There is an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dessert by Design Cuisine, and bid on exclusive items in the silent auction.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations in Museums
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