Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Panthers & Saints: High School Sports in Geneva

    Panthers & Saints: High School Sports in Geneva traces the evolution of school sports from recess games to team sports. Organized sports teams began in Geneva schools in the 1890s. Over the years, Geneva High School and DeSales High School (1912-2012) have offered various athletic programs for boys and girls. The exhibit reviews the early history of organized competition, the emergence of girls teams, and 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 »
  • 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 »