Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Statesmen, Herons & Lakers: College Sports in Geneva

    Statesmen, Herons and Lakers: College Sports in Geneva looks at the development of sports teams at Geneva’s three colleges: Hobart, William Smith, and Finger Lakes Community College. The exhibit examines how athletics became a part of the college experience in the 1800s. It includes sections on the sports programs at each of the institutions, on the sports each school is best known for, and the More »
  • Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation in Geneva

    Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation in Geneva looks at how sports and athletic participation have changed and developed over time in the city. From early spectator sports to semi-pro teams, athletic pursuits have been part of the Geneva community since its early days. In the 1800s, Genevans turned out to watch baseball, harness racing and walking competitions. Sailing, swimming, and fishing were natural 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 »