VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS

Calendar of Programs & Events at Villa Finale

Upcoming at Villa Finale
Please call Visitor Services during regular business hours at (210) 223-9800 for all program reservations or more information.


(Payment must be made for all programs with an admission price at the time of reservation) 

June

9 - Victorians: Leisure, Fads and Knick-knacks (6:00pm - 7:00pm)


The Victorian era was a time in history when new discoveries opened up worlds of interests and curiosities.  Victorians began to have more time for leisure activities including travel, hobbies as well as explore new fads – some of which today are considered strange and sometimes a bit unsettling.  Learn about these by-gone pastimes with a visual presentation, see a small exhibit of Victorian knick-knacks and delight in Victorian-inspired refreshments.  This is a fun and light-hearted program you will be sure to enjoy!
Space is limited.  Recommended for 21 and over.

$16.50 non-members
$15.00 members / students



16 - Music for Your Eyes - "Summer Dreams": Tour of Villa Finale's music machines (6:30pm - 7:30pm)

Guests to Villa Finale will see beautiful sights and be treated to unique sounds during our special tour, Music for Your Eyes.  This evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables and more.  The museum staff leading the tour will share comical and little-known anecdotes about the pieces, their inventors and songs played.  The tour’s grand finale is a performance by the automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano specially selected for the month: Dream a Little Dream and Goodnight Sweetheart as a tribute to all the joys and dreams of summer.  Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne while they sit back in the lavish parlors to enjoy these popular melodies.

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 members


25 - Victorian Tableware Explored (10:00am - 11:30am, Meusebach House at 414 King William and Villa Finale)

An informal course in specialized Victorian utensils pulled from Villa Finale’s vast collection as well as pieces from a private collection. The program will begin with an illustrated lecture about the literally hundreds of specialized flatware types invented for the Victorian-era household. Following the lecture, guests are invited to visit Villa Finale where over 100 pieces of antique flatware will be on display and available for a closer look at form, type and makers marks.  Space is limited.  

$16.50 non-members
$15.00 members / students


July

7 - Art Lover's Night at Villa Finale (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Villa Finale invites art lovers of all ages to “be inspired” during a free night at this grand historic home.  Bring your sketch pads and pencils to draw pieces in the museum’s collections, creative writing welcomed; you may also bring personal cameras or phones to Instagram (first floor only – not for commercial use).  A small number of people will be allowed to sketch in our upstairs rooms on a first come, first served basis.  You can also bring your canvas to paint in our shaded gardens located along the San Antonio River.  Two short “parlor talks” highlighting some of the museum’s most prominent collections will be held by museum staff.  Cold beverages will be provided.

Pencils only allowed for interior renderings.  All photography must be for personal use.  Artists wishing to paint on Villa Finale’s grounds must bring a drop cloth to protect walkways.  Villa Finale reserves the right to limit the number of people in the house at any given time.

FREE admission

23 - The Wonder-filled World of Worms! composting workshop for kids (10:00am - 11:30am on the grounds of Villa Finale)

Kids 6 - 12 are invited to attend this fun, hands-on workshop where they will learn how to create their own compost using live worms!  Kids will be introduced to the importance of worms in our eco-system, tour Villa Finale's worm and composting areas (not open to the public), and create their own compost bins.  All supplies, including worms, will be provided. 


$5.00
general admission for kids 6 - 12

September

1 - Somos San Antonio (We Are San Antonio): Hooves, Paws and Claws: Animals in Historic Places - A Fotoseptiembre outdoor exhibition and garden social (5:30pm - 7:00pm on the grounds of Villa Finale)

An official Fotoseptiembre event, this year’s theme is Hooves, Paws and Claws: Animals in Historic Place s showing our animal friends in historic places and settings.  During this admission-free outdoor exhibition, guests can view the photographs displayed throughout Villa Finale’s formal garden while enjoying live music, complimentary beverages and food for sale by a local vendor.  Pets on leash and lawn chairs welcome for you to better enjoy the evening and gardens.  (Photograph submission details coming soon.)

FREE admission.  Your donations welcome!

17 - "I Spy ..." A Scavenger Hunt! (10:00am - 12:00pm - begins at Villa Finale, ends at Steves Homestead)

Do you think you would make a good detective?  Can you solve puzzles using clues?  If you think you can, join us for the, I Spy … Scavenger Hunt in the King William neighborhood!  “Detectives” will get a pair of binoculars to use for finding the photo clue on their “hunter’s map.”  Find all the clues, fill out the puzzle to find a hidden message, and you could be the #1 detective of the day!  First, second and third place detectives will be awarded a special medal.  All detectives will be treated to yummy refreshments at the finish line.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

A parent or guardian must accompany children and sign a release form.  The program is designed for two age categories: kids 5 – 8, and 9 – 12 (each group receives age-appropriate activities).  Check-in begins at 9:30am at Villa Finale (401 King William).  “Hunt” ends at Steves Homestead located at 509 King William.

Space is limited.  To register, please call Villa Finale Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 no later than Friday, September 16th at 12:00pm.

This program is a proud collaboration between Steves Homestead House Museum and Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens.

FREE for kids 5 - 12

October

28 - Silver Screen Classics in the Garden: "Night of the Living Dead" (Gate opens: 6:00pm; Film begins: 7:00pm - Villa Finale rear garden)

Join us on the grounds of Villa Finale the evening before Halloween for the George A. Romero classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968).  One dark night in Pennsylvania, an unlikely group takes refuge in an abandoned house only to discover corpses from a nearby graveyard have come to life and are on the hunt for fresh human bodies to devour.  Who will make it out alive?  Come watch and find out!  Lawn chairs, small coolers and pets on leash welcome.  A raffle and a prize for the brave “soul” who shows up in the best zombie costume will precede the film. 

FREE admission


29 - A Spooktacular Halloween in King William (Gates open at 3:30pm; Event activities 3:45pm - 5:30pm - event begins at Steves Homestead and ends at Villa Finale)

Mark your calendars for A Spooktacular Halloween in King William, the most “ghoulish” old-fashioned celebration of the season!  This event harkens back to celebrations of the late 19th century when neighborhoods would get together to observe Halloween with costumes, games and and delicious treats!  Kids ages 3 – 12 can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag, play Halloween-themed games, enter a screaming contest, march in a costume parade, participate in a “fun dash” trick-or-treat, enjoy snacks and more!  Parents can also impress their little ones by entering the new “Purple People Eater Pie Eating Contest” (limited to 6 contestants on a first-come, first to participate basis).  Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest, most creative, parent and overall costumes.  This is the most family-friendly Halloween event south of the Alamo – BOO!

$10.00 general admission for kids 3 - 12

November

December

3 - King William Holiday Home Tour (details coming soon)

8 - Music for Your Eyes - Holiday! (6:30pm - 7:30pm)

Guests to Villa Finale will see beautiful sights and be treated to unique sounds during our special tour, Music for Your Eyes.  This evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables and more.  During this seasonal version of the tour, museum staff will share comical and little-known holiday anecdotes about the pieces, their inventors, songs played and Christmas traditions around the world.  The tour ends with a fifteen-minute concert of traditional holiday songs played on Mr. Mathis’s automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located inside one of the home’s lavish parlors.  Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne as they sit back to enjoy the beautiful music of the season!  Space is limited.

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 members


13 - Music for Your Eyes - Holiday! (6:30pm - 7:30pm)

Guests to Villa Finale will see beautiful sights and be treated to unique sounds during our special tour, Music for Your Eyes.  This evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables and more.  During this seasonal version of the tour, museum staff will share comical and little-known holiday anecdotes about the pieces, their inventors, songs played and Christmas traditions around the world.  The tour ends with a fifteen-minute concert of traditional holiday songs played on Mr. Mathis’s automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located inside one of the home’s lavish parlors.  Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne as they sit back to enjoy the beautiful music of the season!  Space is limited.ed.

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 members

More exciting programs coming soon - please check back with us!

 

Villa Finale's
Meusebach House

414 King William Street

Located directly across the street from Villa Finale, the Meusebach House was first built by Smith Ellis and his wife Josie in 1886, before they built and moved into the grand two-story house now located next door.  This cottage was sold to Otto Meusebach in 1889.  The
Meusebachs lived in the home until the early part of the 20th century.

Walter Mathis purchased the home in 1974.  He received an award from the San Antonio Conservation Society in 1976 for his restoration of the Meusebach House.

Today, the house is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is used by Villa Finale for meetings and special presentations.