Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Community Curator: Karen Osburn

      Space in the front entryway of the Geneva History Museum is devoted to Community Curators. Karen Osburn is a collector of bears and horses and has graciously loaned us a portion of her collection. We show you ours, now it’s time for you to show us yours. Became a Community Curator! If you have a collection and would like to display it at the More »
  • Those Who Served: Items From The Clothing Collection

    From dresses and t-shirts to uniforms, for our 2020 exhibits, we are highlighting items from our collection of clothing. There are over 3,000 items in the collection.  Those Who Served: Items From The Clothing Collection looks at uniforms of men and women who served in the military and in support organizations. Those Who Served: Items From The Clothing Collection will be up through the end More »
  • An Educated Citizenry: Education in Geneva

    Education has changed over the last 300 years but its value has remained constant. Basic skills like literacy and math allow workers to advance beyond simple labor. Professions like the ministry and the law have required classical learning and reasoning. New technologies require knowledge of math and science that were unimagined before. An Educated Citizenry: Education in Geneva examines the evolution of schools, colleges, and 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 »