Return to your favorite museums with Airbnb Experiences and Made By Us
- As customers return to cities, Airbnb and Made By Us have teamed up to curate a wishlist of new Airbnb experiences created by museums, theaters, archives and more nationwide.
- Participating organizations will include the National Archives Foundation, Betsy Ross House, Atlanta History Center, HistoryMiami Museum, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Ford’s Theater, and Genesee Country Village & Museum.
As guests mark their downfall with trips to large and medium-sized cities, many choose to live on Airbnb for longer stays, with 60% of long-term nights booked in urban areas. This type of trip offers the perfect opportunity not only to discover all the monuments and hidden gems that make a city vibrate, but also to deepen “who we are”, through the museums and attractions that bring our stories to life.
To guide travelers in planning their visits to cultural and historical sites in cities across the country, Airbnb and Made by us – a coalition of historical and civic organizations – have joined together to organize a wish list new Airbnb experiences created by museums, theaters, archives and more nationwide.
“Historic sites and museums are the heart of our cities and, as custodians of our histories, they contain essential tools and information we need to shape our future. By partnering with Airbnb, these experiences provide entertainment, learning, and a deeper context of how we live today, sparking customer curiosity and supporting our institutions.
Caroline Klibanoff, Managing Director, Made By Us
These all-new Airbnb experiences will invite customers to travel back in time, take a behind-the-scenes look at history or savor local dishes in a breathtaking setting, while enabling them to support iconic institutions nationwide as they go. they continue to recover from the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Airbnb host community has a long history of supporting cultural sites in their cities, sharing them with their guests: according to a recent survey *, 20% of hosts recommend activities such as museums to visitors. This new series of experiences with Made by Us will build on that legacy by providing new ways for the Airbnb community to play a valuable role in the future of America’s historic institutions and to preserve cultural cornerstones on a national scale. Said Bruce Vaughn, vice president of Experiential Creative Product. , Airbnb
Each participating organization will retain 100 percent of the proceeds of its experience. Experiences will include:
- Make your trip to Philadelphia, PA one to remember with a unique insider’s look at the Betsy Ross House, home of America’s most famous flag maker. The director of the house will take you past the plexiglass and into the store where Betsy worked as an upholsterer, the living room where she received General George Washington and the Continental Congress Flag Committee, and her bedroom where she sewed the first flag of a young nation by candlelight away from the prying eyes of loyalists. In addition to enjoying parts of the house that are not usually visited by the public, you will even have the opportunity to meet Betsy in person.
- Join Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia for a home tour through the centuries that will share the stories behind the Southeast’s largest history museum as well as the three historic homes and gardens surrounding their campus. The Atlanta History Center also offers a behind-the-scenes experience of their collections that will delve into the collection of museums, the care of artifacts and the preservation of these materials – and give guests the chance to hold a few pieces of history.
- Just in time for the scary season, HistoryMiami Museum in Miami, Florida offers an after sunset walking tour of Miami City Cemetery. Founded at the beginning of Miami’s history, the cemetery is a monument to many who helped shape the beginnings of the Magical City’s history, from the Reverend Theodore Gibson, civil rights leader, to the “Mother of Miami ”Julia Tuttle.
- Undergoing an exciting large-scale renovation, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) in Richmond, Va., invites guests to spend the morning or afternoon exploring “The History of Virginia,” VMHC’s signature exhibit showcasing artefacts and tales from 16,000 years of history of Virginia, as well as other special exhibits and presentations. As an exclusive special gift to Airbnb visitors, guests will take home a signed copy of VMHC’s essential book, The Story of Virginia: Highlights from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, co-authored by the CEO and the principal curator of the museum. In Spring 2022, VMHC will also offer another experience, offering Airbnb customers the exclusive opportunity to access a member-only event: On Member Mondays, customers can picnic in the beautiful sprawling gardens of the historic Tudor Estate. from the museum, Virginia House, while enjoying live jazz and soaking up a broadcast curated by local vendors. Customers can stay tuned for more experiences on offer once the museum fully reopens in late spring 2022.
- Enjoy an in-person production of “My Lord, What a Night” – a new drama based on the true friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein – performed on the historic stage of Ford Theater in Washington, DC.
- The Genesee Country Village & Museum in Rochester, New York is here to help get you into the spirit of the season, with a limited-time experience in their historic village and vacation market. Surrounded by a historic building covered in a light blanket of snow and roaring log fires, guests will participate in traditional crafts and late harvest chores as villagers winter their buildings and farms, and have their choice of specialty, handcrafted, and local produce to get a head start on holiday shopping.
“We are thrilled to participate in Airbnb experiences. We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country to take a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Atlanta, Atlanta.
Sheffield Hale, President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center
As museums continue to grapple with the challenges caused by the COVID pandemic, patronage from residents and visitors has never been more important. In a April 2021 survey conducted by the American Alliance of Museums, 15 percent of museums indicated they were at risk of closing permanently – an improvement over one of our three sites who said they could close in July 2020, but still indicative of a long recovery ahead.
To book an Experience, go to airbnb.com/madebyus.
About Made by us
Made By Us is an unprecedented collaboration between hundreds of history museums to ignite, inform and strengthen civic participation of the Millennial and Generation Z leading to the nation’s 250th anniversary. Collected by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the National Archives Foundation, the First Americans Museum, Atlanta History Center, HistoryMiami Museum, Senator John Heinz History Center, New-York Historical Society, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Missouri Historical Society, Made By Us connects the next generation to our common past, present and future. For more information, visit historymadebyus.com or follow @historymadebyus.
* Global survey conducted from February 1, 2021 to March 3, 2021 with 42,000 Airbnbs
Homes Hosts and 42,000 Airbnb Homes customers who used the platform in 2020, with a maximum margin of error of 1.2 percentage points (depending on the question).