The Victorian era was named for Queen Victoria who reigned in Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. During Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse, discover what life was like in the 1800s.  During the online event, discover some popular entertainments of the era.

Attending the circus was a favorite leisure time activity during the Victorian period. From small performances featuring a few horses and clowns to extravagant productions with trapeze performers, riders, acrobats and a herd of elephants, the circus was an event that attracted the whole community. Craft activities will highlight features of the Victorian circus.  Among the activities, kids can print and assemble a paper model circus tent to color, decorate a paper clown mask to wear and create a small circus unicycle rider toy to wheel around.  Templates will be provided

Learn about Victorian tea party as reenactors provide an online Etiquette of Tea lesson, complete with some stories about Victorian millionaires of the Peninsula. Recipes will be provided so you can make tea time treats at home.

After the tea, watch an online fashion show featuring Victorian outfits from the Millie Collection. Starting in the early 1980s, museum volunteer Millie Hagstrom started collecting vintage clothing for use in fashion shows and reenactments. Clothing in the collection ranges from the 1840s to the present.

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Victorian Days Walking Tours

Get a taste of local history through free walking tours. They give an introduction to some of the historic places and themes throughout San Mateo County. This summer, some of the tours are offered in-person and some are offered online. Current COVID protocols will be in effect and reservations are required for the in-person tours. Click here for more information on the tours in July and August.