Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food and Beverages in Geneva

    Opens June 4. 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 More »
  • Community Curator: Harriot Weiskittel

    Space in the front entryway of the Geneva History Museum is devoted to Community Curators. Our current display features a collection of books and memorabilia about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family from Harriot Weiskittel. The collection includes mugs, pamphlets and books on several royal weddings, the Queen’s wardrobe, and even a children’s book. We show you ours, now it’s time for you More »
  • Historic Scrapbooks: Gluing Together the Past

    Scrapbooks have existed by that name since 1821. Americans of all types have collected paper clippings, photos, keepsakes and other ephemera to document and record important events in their lives. Historic Geneva has a large collection of historic scrapbooks and a selection of them are currently on display in this exhibit. Visitors can see a a variety of scrapbooks Genevans kept, documenting war experiences, school 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 »