Enjoy history, culture, and art during your Finger Lakes vacation! There are plenty of world-class museums in the region, focusing on everything from the history of boating in the area to the origins of the Earth! No matter where you’re staying, you’ll be able to find a fantastic Finger Lakes museum nearby. If you’re looking for even more great recommendations for historic sites, museums, art galleries, or the best state parks in the Finger Lakes region, download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of our picks for the best of the best in the Finger Lakes!
Visit These Finger Lakes Museums
Finger Lakes Boating Museum
Whether you’re a fan of fishing, boating, or you’re interested in learning about the maritime history of the region, stop by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum! It was started in 1996 when a group of antique boating enthusiasts decided to establish a center to commemorate the boating heritage and tradition of locally-built wooden boats in the area. Today, the museum houses more than 160 boats built by over 40 builders in the area. You’ll find everything from canoes to sailboats in the three-story museum. The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is located on the south end of Keuka Lake.
Museum of the Earth
Travel back to the beginning of this planet when you visit the Museum of the Earth. Located in Ithaca, this is the perfect stop for anyone interested in paleontology or geology. They have some excellent hands-on interactive displays, as well as well-preserved fossils and science-inspired art. Catch one of their educational lectures or family-friendly programs while you’re there!
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is named in dedicated to the pioneer aviator and is focused on the history of aviation. Today, visitors can see the priceless collection of artifacts from the days of early aviation, as well as memorabilia commemorating local history. For an up-close experience, visit the Restoration Shop and speak with the volunteer craftsmen working on historic aircrafts.
The Rockwell Museum features amazing fine art, many of which were pieces gifted by Bob and Hertha Rockwell. The Rockwells were local business owners and collectors of American art and artifacts, and thanks to their generosity and the Rockwell Museum, visitors can enjoy these priceless works up-close! The museum also hosts many educational programs and lectures by leading scholars.
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry
Learn about the industry that was essential to the development of Seneca Falls, as well as local social reform movements, when you visit the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. This museum is a fantastic attraction for families traveling with kids. There are some fantastic interactive exhibits and friendly staff that can answer your questions.
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