Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Dove’s Geneva

    The exhibit Dove’s Geneva focuses on artist Arthur Dove’s connection to Geneva. Dove (1880-1846) was America’s first modernist painter. He grew up in Geneva in a family of stonemasons. Dove moved to New York City and became an illustrator after attending Hobart College and Cornell University. He is known for the abstract paintings he began creating in the 1910s. Dove also lived in Geneva from More »
  • A Changing World: Geneva and World War I

    This November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  To mark this anniversary and look back at Geneva’s participation in the war to end all wars, the Historical Society has opened the exhibit, A Changing World: Geneva and World War I.  The exhibit examines the war’s outbreak, Geneva before the war, the mustering of Company B, life on the homefront, 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 »