Re-Opening Statement

The Geneva History Museum is be open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.   The museum is also operating at a reduced capacity while enacting new safety measures, including social distancing and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.  Guided tours of Rose Hill Mansion are currently not being offered.

While we are grateful to return, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, local community and staff.  We’ve carefully developed reopening guidelines in accordance with state guidelines, directives from the CDC, and museum best practices.  Our staff has also worked hard to gather necessary supplies, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.  These new procedures will ensure we’re meeting the highest level public health standards while maintaining the excellence of the visitor experience.

Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the Geneva History Museum, including increased frequency of disinfecting “high touch” areas.  Hand sanitizer will also be readily available.  In accordance with New York State guidelines, Historical Society staff and volunteers, as well as all visitors will be required to wear facing coverings; complimentary masks will be provided for visitors who need one.

For their own safety as well as that of other visitors and staff, we are asking visitors to be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Guidelines for all Geneva Historical Society  Properties

  • Unvaccinated persons are expected to wear a face covering when inside a Historical Society  Property. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.   The exceptions are children under two years old and those were are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.
  • All visitors are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving any Historical Society property.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all Historical Society properties.
  • Visitors and staff are encouraged to practice proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Groups that arrive together in the same vehicle and/or of the same household group may gather together during their visit to a Historical Society property.
  • To help monitor capacity, visiting groups and/or individuals must, whenever possible, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from others during a visit to a Historical Society property.
  • “High touch” areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to door knobs, hand railings and restroom fixtures.
  • Visitors are encouraged, but not required, to provide contact information for contact tracing.
  • Any visitor experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing should postpone their visit.
  • For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we may close for health and safety purposes. For up-to-date information, call 315-789-5151 or visit the Historical Society’s web site.
  • By visiting a Historical Society property, visitors voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Geneva History Museum

  • For the time being, the Museum is operating at 50% capacity.
  • To help monitor capacity and social distancing, the way visitors move through the Museum has been reconfigured. A pamphlet (which can be kept or recycled at the end of the visit) will help guide visitors through the Museum. A digital version is also available.
  • The Research Room is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons by appointment only.  Click here to make an appointment or call 315-789-5151. Research requests can also be made over the phone, via email or through social media.
  • To discuss making a donation to our three-dimensional and archival collections, click here  to make an appointment or call 325-789-5151.

Guidelines for Rose Hill Mansion

  • Guided tours of the Mansion are not available at this time.
  • Beginning May 6, we will offer Outside Rose Hill: An Exploration of Landscape and Architecture. This guided outdoor tour focuses on the grounds and exterior architecture of the 1839 Greek Revival mansion and its surrounding structures. The one-hour tour will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays from May 6 to June 26. Beginning in July, Outside Rose Hill will run at 11a.m.  and 2 p.m.  on Thursdays only through October 28. Outside Rose Hill is by reservation only, and tour capacity is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 315-789-3848.
  • The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours.

Review the Historical Society’s complete re-opening plan here.

Continue to check our website and social media channels for up-to-date information on the re-opening of the Historical Societies properties.