- READER REVIEWS
Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
House tours Wed. and Sat.-Sun. 1pm-4pm
Nearby Subway Stops
7 at Flushing-Main St.
- Street Parking
$2 suggested donation
This small corner plot in Flushing is home to a museum, bird sanctuary, and garden. The house itself was built in the nineteenth century, restored with its original sofa and Sohmer piano, and is now maintained as it appeared in 1907. The house belonged to German immigrant Conrad Voelker and stayed in the family until Voelker’s granddaughter Elisabetha Orth died in the mid-nineties. Orth’s will established an organization to maintain the house for the benefit of the local community. Today, the Voelker Orth Museum hosts exhibits of local artists, concerts, and readings, as well as horticulture classes and events. But the museum grounds also include a small garden featuring plants that were popular during the Victorian era, and maintained using eighteenth-century gardening techniques, such as hand pruning and the use of natural pesticides. (The museum also harvests grapes and honey annually.) The garden additionally serves as a sanctuary for both the migrating birds it attracts (such as orioles and hummingbirds) and local species (like cardinals and blue jays).