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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

Cow to Consumer

Enjoy a journey through a time when Ontario County was dotted with dairy farms and home dairies. Their fresh milk and cream came to your doorstep via the milkman, in bottles proudly stamped with each dairy’s name. It’s our salute to the bovine beauties past and present.

Cow to Consumer

Cow to Consumer


Ontario County Arts Council

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

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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