Museum Project

Reimagining the Museum Spaces

of the Liriodendron Mansion

2023 marked an exciting milestone for the Liriodendron Mansion – we turned 125! To celebrate this important milestone and the profound legacies of Dr. Kelly and the Kelly family, the non-profit Liriodendron Foundation embarked on a major capital campaign to raise more than $150,000 for the Liriodendron Museum Project, undertaking a program to reimagine and renovate our museum rooms, and create new and engaging exhibit spaces throughout the mansion and grounds. Read on to learn more about this exciting endeavor, which will have its Grand Opening on Sunday, June 16, 2024, and will thereafter be open to visitors during all Open House and public-facing events and by appointment.

As they exist now, the Museum Rooms do not do justice to the profound legacies of Dr. Kelly, the Kelly family, and the Liriodendron itself both in terms of details and conceptual thread. The current exhibits were installed more than forty years ago and have not been updated since then.

When complete, the new Museum will provide our visitors of all ages and backgrounds with a fun and fascinating look at the wide range of legacies of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly and the Kelly family, a deep dive into local history, and a glimpse of life in Harford County in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This ambitious and realistic plan will not only redesign the existing museum spaces, but will expand the exhibits to include museum elements throughout other areas of the house and grounds. 

We have partnered with renowned design firm Quatrefoil Associates to help us create an immersive, fully accessible, and thought-provoking experience for all our visitors – whether taking part in a wedding, visiting our gallery, enjoying our beautiful grounds, or attending a concert. Since our museum space has not been redesigned in almost 40 years, this project will transform our existing museum rooms, adding new features, including interactive elements, digital content, fun activities, and historical artifacts.

To learn more about the project renovations and expansions, and to view the full plans, visit

Donors and Sponsors

A project of this significance requires the support of a wide variety of donors and sponsors from our community. With a budget of more than $150,000, we are relying on gifts from individuals, organizations, foundations, and businesses to provide to ensure the project is completed to the highest specifications designed to celebrate the legacies and contributions of Dr. Kelly and the Kelly family.

We were excited to hold our first significant fundraising event for the Museum Project on August 25, 2023. Our Howard A. Kelly Presenting Sponsors for the event are listed below.

Donations of all sizes in support of the Museum Project are welcomed and encouraged! 

Click here to make your gift today in support of this monumental project.

Open House Hours

Wednesdays 1:00pm-6:00pm

Second Sundays 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

NOTE: There is limited access to the second-floor galleries.

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