was founded in 1966 with the goal of preserving the architecture of the Genesee Valley region in a recreated historic village, providing context for the telling of New York State and 19th-century American history. The museum now covers 600 acres and includes the Historic Village, the John L. Wehle Gallery and the Genesee Country Nature Center, all of which provide interactive programs, fascinating exhibits and special events to help you live history.GCV&M is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State – and the third-largest in the United States. Chartered as an educational institution by the NYS Board of Regents, the museum offers opportunities to see, smell, taste, touch, explore and experience our 68 historic buildings; more than 20,000 artifacts; wildlife paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning centuries; the living collections in our gardens, on our working farm and at our Nature Center; and the gorgeous landscape that first brought settlers to this region.
Through immersive experiences, we enrich life today by connecting people with history, art, and nature.
Guided by our values, we will be a nationally recognized destination. We will operate with integrity, creativity and inclusivity to be a resource for the communities we serve and a fulfilling place to work and volunteer. We will expand our impact and inspire excitement and curiosity in all of our audiences.
Offering research-based interpretation, exhibits, costuming and programming.
Creating a community of respect and cooperation amongst our staff and volunteers, throughout our neighborhood and region and within our field.
Providing educational, fun and hands-on experiences not offered anywhere else.
Expanding within our staff, volunteers, partners and audience; the stories we tell and the programs we deliver to our community.
Caring for our audiences, collections, environments and shared histories.
Striving for stability and sustainability in our operational, social and environmental future.