Geneva History Museum

543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 789-5151
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Discover the shaping and reshaping of a 200-year old Finger Lakes community at the Geneva History Museum. Explore the ways in which the many and varied people who have lived in Geneva have utilized and developed its beautiful surroundings and abundant natural resources. Owned and operated by the Geneva Historical Society, the museum is housed in the Prouty-Chew House, an 1829 Federal style building on Geneva's elegant and historic South Main Street. The museum houses the Society's offices, library and research archive, collection, and both permanent and changing exhibits. Displays include three rooms furnished in late 19th-century style, a children's discovery room, and the permanent exhibit Geneva's Changing Landscapes, which focuses on the growth and history of Geneva. Two galleries provide various changing exhibitions over the course of the year. The Society owns and operates three properties in the Geneva area: Rose Hill Mansion, Johnston House, and the Geneva History Museum. The Society sells a selection of local history books and architectural walking tours at the museum.

Summer Hours (May 1- October 31): Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday, 12-5pm.

Winter Hours (November 1- April 30): Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm. Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm May 1 - October31.

Archive hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-4:30pm or by appointment. Open Mondays, 1:30-4:30pm May 1 - October 31.

Admission: Suggested donation $3 per person.

General Amenities
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Facility Info
  • Reception Capacity 70
Geneva History Museum
Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until June 29, 2019

Panthers & Saints traces the evolution of school sports from recess games to team sports. Organized sports first started in Geneva schools in the 1890s. Over the years, Geneva and DeSales High... more

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Join John Marks from the Geneva Historical Society for a History Happy Hour. He'll be showing images of Exchange Street between Seneca and Castle dating from the 1800s to late 20th century. The images... more

Geneva History Museum
May 23, 2019

Convicts made sewing silk at the Auburn prison starting in 1841, and by 1842 the prison had 41 inmates working at a dye house and 10 “throwing mills” in which silk is twisted and wound into yarn. But... more