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Yuletide 2022: Merry & Bright

At the Farm House Museum
November 3 - December 16, 2022  


The holidays are a time of celebration, goodwill, family and togetherness. The Victorian Era popularized some of the most treasured holiday traditions - stockings hung by the fire, decorated trees, gift-giving, holiday cards, feasts of seasonal foods, and caroling. In the Victorian Era on Iowa State’s campus, these gathering activities took place in the home. The Farm House Museum, at 160 years old, hosted many gatherings during the holidays spreading goodwill and cheer among the students, faculty and staff. The merriment, illuminated trees, the importance of “home” during the holidays, and the influences of the Victorian traditions will be celebrated in this Yuletide 2022: Merry & Bright exhibition. This year’s Yuletide exhibition features illumination history, stockings hung by the fireplace, holiday décor, and the scents and sounds of the season.





Date Night at the Farm House Museum

Friday, Nov. 11
5:00-7:00 PM

Experience the Farm House Museums’ turn-of-the-century ambiance with a someone special or a group of friends on this evening. Discover how the Victorians courted each other, secret signals of amore, and the love language of flowers. The Farm House Museum will be decorated for Yuletide and a selfie station will be ready for individual, couples, and group photos. A craft activity will round out the night.


Yuletide Evening at the Farm House Museum (Part of WinterFest)

Friday, Dec. 2
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted by the University Museums’ interns, celebrate the holiday season at the Farm House Museum. Take part in free Victorian yuletide themed activities and crafts while you enjoy holiday treats. This is part of Winterfest.


Yuletide at the Farm House Museum 

Saturday, Dec. 3
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Enjoy festive family fun at the Farm House Museum. Victorian yuletide themed crafts and holiday treats will be provided. Tours of the historic home in full period decoration will also be offered throughout the afternoon as well as the chance to meet and take a picture with Santa. It’s the perfect start to the holiday season for families and friends.


Holiday decorations, exhibition and program support for Yuletide 2022: Merry & Bright at the Farm House Museum is generously provided by Carol Pletcher.

Visit the Farm House Museum

Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. (while ISU is in session)
Address: 601 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011
Admission: The cost is free, suggested donation of $8 per visitor.

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