Current Exhibits

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  • Temporary Exhibits

  • Community Curator: Marty Schlabach

    Space in the front entryway of the Geneva History Museum is devoted to Community Curators. Marty Schlabach collects poultry paraphernalia and has graciously loaned us items from his collection including chicken waterers. 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 Geneva History Museum, More »
  • My Geneva is…

    The exhibit My Geneva is… is made up entirely of photos contributed by community members. My Geneva is… includes images that convey what Geneva is to an individual. Everyone in the community has their own idea of what the city is, and what represents it for them. For some, it is the built environment, for others, a place from childhood, an individual or a group 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 »