Collections Overview

We collect objects ranging from paintings by nationally recognized artist Arthur Dove to advertising memorabilia from local businesses. In size, we have small metal type made by The Hulse Manufacturing Company up to a Model T that was finished by Geneva Wagon Works. Our time period extends from pre-Seneca Indian occupation to today; although we have to be selective due to space limitations, our collecting never ends.

As with most museums, the bulk of our collections are in storage. We use them for thematic exhibits in the Geneva History Museum, and to furnish our three historic houses. Most importantly, we protect and preserve them for viewing by future generations.

Entrusted in our care are 1,300 cubic feet of archival materials, 50,000 photographs and 7,000 objects.   We, however, only have enough space to display roughly 3% of our collections at any given time.  The rest of our artifacts are kept in storage, but even there they need protection and care to preserve them for the future.  To help us care for our collections, consider participating in our adopt an artifact program.   The adoption fee will contribute to the purchase of archival supplies and materials like folders, document boxes, and protector sleeves.