Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • My Geneva is…Then and Now

    Opens Saturday, October 1. Each year, Historic Geneva plans a My Geneva exhibit based on community participation. This year’s exhibit, My Geneva is… Then and Now, opens at the museum on Saturday, October 1. The exhibit features images from the Historic Geneva collection paired with similar images taken this year. The Historic Geneva photo collection includes many 19th-century views of places in the city and More »
  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food and Beverages in Geneva

    This exhibit explores Geneva’s agricultural production, cultural food traditions, and retail food businesses in the past and present. The story begins with native Seneca farming practices and the early village’s connection to transportation networks and extends through the arrival of contemporary upscale restaurants, wineries, and distilleries. It looks at local canning and beverage production, as well as immigrant food traditions and the diversity of dining 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 »