Events & Programs

Mountain Wagon Driving Around Mansion

Whether you are interested in taking a ride on the Auburn Valley Railroad or joining us for a special museum program, there is always something exciting happening at Auburn Heights. View our calendar to see what we have planned or where we might be traveling to.

Please Note: We never let a little drizzle dampen our spirits, so all events are rain or shine. Except for the Easter Egg Hunt, no reservations are needed. In the event of especially inclement weather, you may call the Friends of Auburn Heights office at (302) 239-2385 for a recorded message that will indicate any change in regular plans.

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Sorry, no pets except service dogs.

Food and beverages: Free popcorn may be enjoyed by all visitors during Steamin’ Day events, and hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for sale at the gift shop. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds at one of our many picnic tables.

Auburn Heights Easter Egg Hunts


Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4
12 noon to 3 pm

Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable, and event is rain or shine. ALL attendees must have tickets.

Join us for the 5th Annual Auburn Heights Easter Egg Hunt for two days only in April. Visitors are encouraged to bring an Easter basket and join the hunt for thousands of eggs scattered around the Auburn Heights mansion. The hunt is limited to 100 kids on Friday and 200 kids on Saturday — to ensure plenty of fun (and eggs) for all. Participants are divided into age-appropriate groups so everyone has a great time.

12:00 noon: Gates open for train rides, free popcorn, entry to Marshall Steam Museum and kids activities. Please note: the mansion is not open for tours at this event.
1:00 pm: The hunt begins, with children Under 2 going first, followed by Ages 2 to 4, then Ages 5 to 7, and finally Ages 8 to 12

$8 per person (all attendees must have a ticket; infants free; ages 1-12 = child; ages 13& older = adults)
Members receive free tickets based on membership level:

  • Individual Members (1 free adult tickets)
  • Dual Members (2 free adult tickets)
  • Family Members (2 free adult and up to 4 children tickets for those kids in the household)
  • Additional tickets available for $8 each

Learn more about membership here.

Remember to purchase your tickets early; last year this event sold out quickly!


Steamin’ Days

Presented by Diver Chevrolet, exceeding expectations in Delaware since 1915 and proud to celebrate its 100th Anniversary!

First Sunday of the month, June through November, 12:30 to 4:30 pm

2015 Dates:

  • Sunday, June 7
  • Sunday, July 5
  • Sunday, August 2
  • Sunday, September 6
  • Sunday, October 4 (plus Steamin’ Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 25)
  • Sunday, November 1 (plus Steamin’ Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 28)

Don’t miss these exciting days filled with old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Included with all admission options:

  • Fresh steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper
  • A Firing Up Demonstration, to see how we set a Stanley in motion
  • Entry to the Marshall Steam Museum, featuring the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars plus a 1930s working Lionel electric trains display, a hands-on engine display, kids activities, and exhibits
  • Museum Gift Shop
  • Tours of the antique-furnished Auburn Heights mansion, which dates to 1897, are also available, along with rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad and in select antique automobiles from the Marshall Collection.


Rides Ticket includes 4 rides in the antique autos or Auburn Valley Railroad: $11 ages 13 and up, $8 ages 12 and under (infants free). Rides Ticket admission is free for Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve members.

Mansion Ticket includes tour of two floors of Auburn Heights: $12 all ages

Combo Ticket covers it all, rides and mansion: $19 ages 13 and up, $16 ages 12 and under (infants free)

Group Rates: Discounts available for groups of 20 or more when booked in advance. For group inquiries, e-mail


In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt and Steamin’ Day events, be sure to join us for our two Steamin’ Holidays:

  • Steamin’ Halloween, Sunday, October 25, 12:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Steamin’ Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 28, 12:30 to 4:30 pm

Regular Steamin’ Day admission rates (listed above) apply.


Old-Fashioned Holiday at the  Marshall Steam Museum

Sunday, December 6 & 13, 2015 12 to 3 pm

Join us in December for a special holiday-themed program at the Marshall Steam Museum. We’ll be decorated and full of holiday cheer, offering something for everyone regardless of age! Click here to learn more about this annual program.

This program features:

  • Special holiday-themed exhibits and displays.
  • Readings of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore & The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Victorian and train-inspired holiday crafts and activities for the whole family
  • Electric train demonstrations
  • Free hot chocolate
  • And more!

ADMISSION: $5 per person, free for Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve members.

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