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After Dark at the Museum Returns April 27

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What: After Dark at the John Brown House Museum

When: Thursday, April 27, 5:00-8:15pm

First tour: reception 5:00 – 5:30, tour 5:30-6:30 [SOLD OUT]

Second tour: reception 6:45-7:15, tour 7:15-8:15 [SOLD OUT]

Where: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St., Providence

Admission: $15/$10 RIHS members

What happened behind closed doors during the 1700s when the sun went down?

We’re glad you asked.

On April 27, the Rhode Island Historical Society’s “After Dark at the Museum” will give visitors the rare opportunity to tour the John Brown House Museum by (battery-operated!) candlelight and discover what went on during private evenings – and late nights – at home in the 18th century.

“After Dark at the Museum” will cover such topics as:

  • After-dinner drinking and entertaining

  • Seduction novels that were in vogue

  • Providence’s brothel riot

  • Pre-marital sex and pregnancy

  • Unchaperoned excursions with members of the opposite sex

  • “Disorderly” women and the “sources of dissipation” they frequented

  • Secrets of bedtime rituals of the past


As part of the RIHS’s “ Relishing Rhode Island” programming theme for 2017, this is a special one-night-only event that will reveal the private side of public history. Timed ticket entry will allow visitors to explore the house and talk to docents and staff stationed on the first and second floors.

Historically inspired libations for “After Dark at the Museum,” a 21+ event, will be provided by Bottles Fine Wine, the evening’s generous sponsor.  

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Tickets are available here.

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