Beautiful setting filled with period buildings from various eras in the history of New York state. Great activity for kids, the genuinely curious, crafty folks, or any history buff!More
Beautiful setting filled with period buildings from various eras in the history of New York state. Great activity for kids, the genuinely curious, crafty folks, or any history buff!MoreShow less
Thank you for the kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will visit us again.
We're members at the museum and it is an incredible place, because they are always reinventing themselves and coming up with new and interesting ways to present this extensive historical village to the public. Really wonderful for the whole family
We are glad to hear you are members and appreciate your kind words. Membership is the best way to experience all we have to offer. We hope you will visit us again soon as we open for the regular season.
I've been to GCV&M many times. The collection of 19th Century buildings and village arrangement are most impressive. And the people in their period attire are knowledgeable and personable. I always enjoy my conversations with them. I've also been there for the July Civil War Reenactment which features hundreds of participants. The Village is the perfect place for the encampment and battles. In addition GCV&M features several other special events, activities and tours.
Thank you for coming so often. We are thrilled to hear what people like about us. Our historic interpreters in period clothing truly enjoy their time conversing with our many visitors. We hope to see you again soon.
Genesee Country Village & Museum is a living, working, 19th-century village featuring 68 restored and furnished historic buildings. It was founded by John L. Wehle in 1976 and spans 2.4 square kilometres. The village depicts life through three time periods: 1790-1820, 1830-1860, and 1860-1900. A wide spectrum of structures (from frontier cabin to elaborate Victorian mansion) are presented. Notable buildings include a toll house, a Quaker meeting house, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, a brewery, a pottery, a drug store, a dressmaker’s shop, a copper shop, a general store, a printing office, an inn, a physician’s office, an insurance office, a shoemaker’s shop, a Roman Catholic church, a tavern, a Methodist Church, a seminary, a town hall , a post office, a wagonmaker/wheelwright shop, a tailor shop, a tinsmith shop, and a gunsmith and cabinetmaker shop. The village also has numerous homes (the Hyde House, the Hamilton House, George Eastman’s boyhood home, the Keiffer House, the Nathaniel Rochester House, the Humphrey House, the Livingston-Backus House, the MacKey House, the Foster House, and the MacArthur Home) and several farming structures (Livery Barn, Jones Farm, the Thompson Barn, a pioneer farmstead, and a hop house). Many of the museum’s buildings were relocated to the museum from other parts of the state. Knowledgeable, costumed interpreters provide information and, in some cases, demonstrate a craft or trade (quilting, weaving, dyeing, spinning, cooking, broom making, farming, printing, blacksmithing, coppering, pottery throwing, woodworking, gunsmithing, tinsmithing, etc.). A free trolley (large wagon pulled by a tractor) runs through the village to help move people around. Genesee Country Village & Museum is open mid-May through Columbus Day (closed on Mondays except on holidays) from 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $15 for students, and $10 for youth. Budget the whole day to see and do everything. Wear good walking shoes and be sure you dress for the weather. There is a gift shop (Flint Hill Gift Shop [memorabilia, chocolate, candy, toys, games, items made in the village]) and several on-site food outlets (Depot Restaurant [sandwiches, salads, cookies, beverages, ales], Freight House Pub [ice cream, ales, wine, hard cider], Pavilion Garden Restaurant [ice cream, beverages, light fare], and D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionary). Parking at the museum is free.
Thank you for your excellent description of GCV&M. A few bits of your information are from old exhibits no longer here but we hope you will visit soon and enjoy all the new exhibits and activities we have for you.
It was a wedding that brought us here. A beautiful early fall day. The ceremony took place in an old church on the property and the reception was in a large barn festooned with wagons and sleds hanging from the high celing. Food and service was good and I look foreword to returning to tour the grounds.
We are glad to hear you had a beautiful day for the wedding you attended and you felt the service was good. Tammy works hard with each couple to make their wedding special. We hope you will make a visit out to explore the museum and historic village soon.
This is my favorite historical village. I have been to Sturbridge, Williamsburg, and Louisburg....this is the best!To me it is so amazing that all of these historic buildings have been relocated here from all over New York State. From a primitive log cabin to an octagonal mansion, churches, gardens and even a brewery, all original working buildings relocated here and thriving! The costumed interpreters are very knowledgeable and you can watch them make things from the era including blacksmith, tin smith, a cooper and cheese making to name a very few. My kids love this place and learn so much about the past. On top of that it is never overcrowded. Plan on spending the day....relax and enjoy a journey back in time. Try to catch the civil war reenactments !
We are so happy to hear that we are your favorite historical village! It is an honor to be judged to be among the best of the best. GCV&M truly is a unique village recreated from actual homes relocated here to create a representation of a budding village in Western New York in the 19th century. As you noted, the grounds are spacious enough to never feel over-crowded - a real plus when you want to really delve into something you're interested in or just let your kids revel in the wide open spaces. We are very fortunate to have such knowledgeable interpreters and skilled craftsmen and women who demonstrate for our visitors and create useful and tasty things that people can take home as souvenirs. We hope you and your family will visit us again soon.