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Osborne Homestead Museum
Holiday Tours and Programs

500 Hawthorne Avenue
Derby, Connecticut
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Osborne Homestead Museum photo For several weeks each winter, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Osborne Homestead Museum is transformed into a holiday showcase.  Talented and dedicated garden clubs beautifully decorate all the rooms in this historic homestead. Those that visit at this time of year enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional holiday celebration during a special guided tour.  
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osborne Homestead Museum will not reopen and will not be decorated for the 2020 Winter Holiday Season. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hopes to continue the Winter Holiday Tours in 2021. A decision will be made in 2021 on the opening for the 2021 Winter Holiday Season.

Guided Tours

To inquire about this upcoming season's hours for guided tours, please call (203) 734-2513.  Please call also if you wish to inquire about scheduling a holiday tour for your school, group or organization.  We request groups of more than 8 people to call (203) 734-2513
to reserve a tour date and time. Donations are gratefully accepted for museum tours.

Many wonderful clubs and decorators contribute to the holiday festivities. They include:  Derby Garden Society, Garden Club of Orange, Long Hill Garden Club, Naugatuck Garden Club, Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton, Garden Club of Woodbridge, Jen Plasky, Women Redefining Retirement from Milford, and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Club.  Since the clubs rotate rooms each year to a different theme, the decorations are always new and creative.

Scenes from Years Past

Holiday Wreath image

Solarium Tree Studio Decorations

Milk Room Tree


Dining Room



Content Last Updated July 2020