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Current Exhibits

South Gallery

(long-term exhibit)

DESIRES, OPPORTUNITIES, CHANGE: The Shaping of Western New York, 1650-1797
Today the western New York landscape you see is rolling hills, fields, lakeside vacation homes, industrial cities and suburban malls. In this exhibit we encourage you to look back at the period of 1650-1797, a time of great changes in the region. It was when the desire of individuals and nations transformed the forested center of Haudenosaunee life to an agrarian landscape that we still recognize today. It was a time of great ambition, of both greed and compassion, and of conflict and compromise between nations and cultures.


North Gallery

(changing exhibits)

HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? Exhibit Closes Sat. April 2, 2016
19th Century Transportation
in Ontario County

This age-old question motivated people in New York to develop and utilize transportation systems from footpaths, rivers and roads, to canals and railroads. In the 19th century, these systems moved settlers and travelers, raw materials, agricultural and manufactured products from farms and villages to cities across the region and country. Transportation links helped create regional economies, and impacted land use and development. In this exhibit we will look at how modes of transportation contributed to the development of the Ontario County region from 1790 to 1900.

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Lower Level

Pioneer Kitchen Exhibit
When the Ontario County Historical Museum was built in 1914, a “Pioneer Kitchen” period room was installed. Although education programs are held in this space, its appearance has changed very little in 100 years.

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