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Museums in the Finger Lakes Region

Discover history and art at the many small museums and galleries around the Finger Lakes Region.

Geneva History Museum

Follow the journey of Geneva’s community and people prehistory to present day at the Geneva History Museum. Located in the Prouty-Chew House, built in 1829, the museum is owned and operated by the Geneva Historical Society. The Geneva History Museum also includes the Rose Hill Mansion and the Johnston House. (11.3 miles)

(315) 789-5151
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum has changing exhibits on topics such as the history of Glenn H. Curtiss, the history of Hammondsport, wine-making in the Finger Lakes, women in aviation, and Mercury Aircraft Inc. Check their website for current exhibits. (49.3 miles)

(607) 569-2160
National Memorial Day Museum

The National Memorial Day Museum tells the story of how the federal holiday was founded in Waterloo, New York and discusses the sacrifices of all American soldiers. View the Victorian-era Mourning Room, tributes to the Vietnam War, and weaponry from the Civil War. For any history buff or veteran, the National Memorial Day Museum will surely provide you with some interesting artifacts and memorabilia from our nation’s past. (12.2 miles)

(315) 539-9611
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

The National Historic Landmark preserves the story of Susan B. Anthony’s lifelong dedication to gaining voting rights for women and equal rights for all citizens. In 1872, she was arrested at her home for voting. For $14, enjoy a group tour of the house with tea. Programs run out of the museum encourage activity in civil rights and equality in youth. (55.3 miles)

(585) 235-6124
Rose Hill Mansion

Transport yourself to the 19th century with a guided tour through the Geneva History Museum’s Rose Hill Mansion, following the story of the Swan family and the epic history of American agriculture. The National Historic Landmark is a Greek Revival palace furnished in the antique Empire style. It also includes a Billsboro Winery Tasting Room and has a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake from its front porch. (11.3 miles)

(315) 789-5151
Sampson State Park Military Museum

Located at Sampson State Park, the military museum was created to honor over 400,000 soldiers that came out of the Sampson Air Force Base and Sampson Naval Training Station in the 1940s. The Seneca Army Depot was also a major storage facility for American munitions during WWII. (5.9 miles)

(315) 585-6203
Seward House Museum

Explore the historic home of William Seward, a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations. View American masterpieces and take a guided tour through the beautiful home and see the optional Underground Railroad room. Museum tickets for adults are $10.00. (29.1 miles)

(315) 252-1283
Sonnenburg Gardens and Museums

This State Historic Park is known for its massive mansion, gardens of flowers, and picnicking beneath its large trees. Meaning “Sunny Hill” in German, Sonnenberg is a world-famous attraction for tens of thousands of people each year seeking to explore its garden paths, Japanese Garden, collections of period architecture, and greenhouse. (28 miles)

(585) 394-4922
The Harriet Tubman Home

Until American currency makes the official $20 bill change from Andrew Jackson to Harriet Tubman in the coming decades, visit the National Historic Landmark, the Harriet Tubman Home. Tour the residence of this famous abolitionist and activist that forever changed America’s course through history. Over the course of ten years, Harriet Tubman made nineteen trips into the South and guided hundreds of slaves to freedom. (30.3 miles)

(315) 252-2081
Women’s Rights National Historical Park

This museum tells the story of the Seneca Falls gathering in 1848, the first convention organized by women specifically to discuss women’s rights. Explore topics such as abolition, women’s suffrage, and the fascinating histories of the movement’s leading members. Take tours through the Wesleyan Chapel, the M’Clintock House, and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. (14.3 miles)

(315) 568-0024