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Current Exhibits

South Gallery

Our Family Companions: The History of Pets in Ontario County
Curated by: Wilma Townsend

Do you have a pet that you love? Want to know more about pets, past and present? Then come to the museum to see our latest exhibit on the History of Pets in Ontario County. This exhibit looks at what defines a pet, how our perception of pets has changed over the past 200 years, how we have cared for our pets, and why pets have been and still are so important to our lives. Featured are numerous local old and new photos of beloved family dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, and other animals, paintings of pets, children’s toys and stories that use pets as characters, and the history of pet food and pet accessories. This exhibit will be open until late April 2022.

North Gallery

Coral Reef & Materials

The “Coral Reef & Materials” exhibit included a 12-footcoral reef made from crocheted and knit materials. In addition to the coral reef are pieces of art made from various fabrics and material. The exhibit is open April 2 till July 7. Donations will be given to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. 


Ontario County Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council presents “Colors of Our World” in the front North Gallery.

North-West Gallery

Apron Exhibit

Most TV moms of the 1950s and 1960s donned an apron, a reflection of what their female viewers typically wore around their homes. Generations of women routinely pulled on a bib or a half-apron, which they had stitched by hand or, later on, by machine. Embroidery, trims and lace often embellished both practical and dressy aprons. Due to their popularity, aprons were manufactured in factories, including one in Canandaigua, to sell in department and gift stores across America and in Europe. This exhibit showcases 16 of those aprons made right here in Ontario County. It will allow any visitor to reminisce about the memory of the women who wore them and the people who made them. The exhibit will be open until August 31. 

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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