Molly Brown was well known for being one of the survivors of the Titanic disaster. Her story is well known, and her house has been well preserved so that people everywhere can see how she lived. The Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, CO, enables visitors to see the beauty of this elegant home.
Although she grew up in a very modest home, her husband later became very rich after discovering silver in a mine. As was typical of the wealthier people in Denver, they had a new home built in Capitol Hill in 1889.
They hired architect William Lang to provide them with designs and build their new home. It was to be elegant, and it was to have everything in it that was considered modern at the time - including electricity, running water, and steam heat.
Molly Brown had gained her reputation from a song written about her. Although they were already well known, she had booked passage on the Titanic to travel and see Egypt, Rome, and Paris. She traveled with her daughter and her friends J.J. and Madeleine Astor.
When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Molly was thrown out of her bed onto the floor. She then discovered what had happened, helped some people, and was quickly put on the first lifeboat. Although it could hold 65 people, the lifeboat was sent away with only 24 on board. After about four hours at sea, they were picked up by the Carpathia. Arriving back in New York, a crowd of 30,000 people awaited the news. When asked what she credited her survival to, she simply said "Typical Brown luck. We're unsinkable."
The Browns lived in this home for many years. She died after her husband in 1932. The house has been restored with period furniture and the elegance that it had when the "unsinkable Molly Brown" was alive.
The Museum also has a Victorian Dinner Experience. These are public events and include their elegant settings, as well as a tour. Some of the events include Teas (Cream Tea, Full Tea, and a High Tea), a Luncheon that includes sherry and smokehouse almonds, a main entree, a salad, rice or potato, rolls, and a dessert. The Titanic Dinner is their most elegant and it comes complete with a candlelight tour of the mansion. The dinner is certainly reminiscent of the grand elegance of the Titanic and it includes an eight-course menu. There are also luncheons and teas for children's groups.
Events can be planned at the Molly Brown House, which could provide the perfect motif for your event. The event rooms are on the third floor, however, and they are not accessible.
Visitors can see the Molly Brown House by taking a tour through it. All tours are guided and take about 45 minutes. They start every 30 minutes from 10 AM and the last one starts at 3:30 PM on Monday through Saturday. Sunday tours start at 12 PM and the last one starts at 3:30 PM. The museum is closed on all major holidays.