Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Stuff: A Material History of Geneva

    Stuff: A Material History of Geneva features twenty-five objects chosen from a group of fifty shared on our Geneva Historical Society Facebook page this past spring. The artifacts (or groups of artifacts) that made it into the exhibit were those with the most Likes from visitors to the social media platform, and the exhibit captions are drawn from our Facebook fans’ comments. If you didn’t More »
  • Every Building Tells a Story: Architecture in Geneva

    Every Building Tells a Story: Architecture in Geneva looks at how Geneva’s buildings tell stories about neighborhood development, historic preservation, and architectural style. Who were the well-known architects working in the community? How have older buildings been preserved and reused? What architectural styles can be found in the city’s streets and neighborhoods? Who built and lived in the different buildings throughout the community? Discover Geneva’s More »
  • Music in the Key of Geneva

    The Geneva Historical Society’s latest exhibit project, Music in the Key of Geneva, will be found in various public venues and events over the course of 2016 and 2017. This project is both an exhibit and an effort to document and share the musical heritage of the community. From international stars who have performed at Club 86 and the Smith Opera House to locals who More »
  • Long Term Exhibits

  • Furnished Period Rooms

    The Geneva History Museum features two rooms with furniture and decorative arts ranging from early American to the Colonial Revival style of the late 19th century.
  • The Charles Bauder Children’s Discovery Room

    Designed for children aged six to ten years old, the colorful 240-square-foot space contains hands-on activities and books that allow children to explore aspects of local history and culture. Activities focus on Seneca basket making and beadwork, historic clothing, transportation, and “re-building” downtown Geneva. Two of the walls sport a mural designed by Trumansburg artist Daniel Burgevin, which contains a colorful and lively visual history More »
  • Geneva’s Changing Landscapes

    Much of Geneva’s history is related to its surroundings. For centuries, people have been drawn to Geneva for the land and water: abundant wildlife, fertile soil, and east-west transportation routes. Today, we often lose sight of how the land continues to shape Geneva’s identity. Geneva’s Changing Landscapes examines Geneva through environmental history, which is the study of how humans relate to, use, and affect (or More »