The grim reaper comes for all. Usually it was a simple wrap into a shroud and placed in a small churchyard. If you were of means, you might get a monument and sarcophagus. But it was the Victorians who made death truly beautiful. From black crepe on the doorknobs and covered mirrors to post mortem photography, it was more than just ritual, it was a lifestyle. Reaching its peak with the death of Queen Victoria’s Albert in 1861 and becoming even more refined with technology of the time and the emotional trauma of the Civil War, the Victorian mourning period affected the whole world and changed the way we looked at death and how we treated our newly departed. This exclusive exhibit will include period mourning attire and jewelry, photography, and other ephemera from this period that was at the same time horrific and romantic. The event will also include a virtual lecture on how the Victorians viewed death and some of the ways they chose to observe it.
Until further notice, city walking tours will be limited to 20 guests and face masks are mandatory. Our new Kellogg House tour will resume once museum properties all allowed to reopen.