GCV&M is New York State's Largest Living History Museum and hosts more than 90,000 visitors each year.
Furnished with more than 15,000 artifacts, the Historic Village includes 68 structures originating from a 11 counties in Western New York State. Early maps and business directories guided the planning of the Village. Historians also built upon their knowledge of the past by reading court records, newspapers, inventories, journals, and letters.
The buildings depict how a small town in the region might have changed over time, providing insight into the origins of current customs, traditions, and social values. Grouped into three different periods in history, the Village includes a Pioneer Settlement (1795–1830), Center Village (1830–1860), and Gas Light District (1860–1900). Each area has live trade, craft, cooking, and agricultural demonstrations with knowledgeable interpreters in period-appropriate dress. The Village depicts activities of everyday life as well as seasonal programs that allow visitors to see what it might have been like to refine maple sugar, harvest field crops, participate in an agricultural fair, celebrate Yuletide, or fight a Civil War battle..
More than a dozen gardens populate Genesee Country Village & Museum. Each of the Village gardens is designed as part of a building’s historical environment. There is a medicinal herb garden, several hardy vegetable gardens, and ornamental gardens reflecting the tastes of the 19th century leisure class.
In the Museum, the world-renowned John L. Wehle Gallery features paintings, prints, and sculptures of sporting and wildlife art that span four centuries. Its Susan Greene Historic Costume Collection, opened in 2012, is heralded as one of the finest collections of 19th century clothing in North America. Together, the exhibits help visitors gain a deeper appreciation of America’s past.
Join us for our Opening Day or bring mom for a special Mother's Day!
Join us for GCV&M's inaugural race through the Historic Village and Nature Center on Saturday, May 20!
It's happy hour in the Historic Village! Beer tastings, cider, & wine. Live music.
Music, dance, authentic food and drink--celebrate the traditions of the Scots and Irish!
Re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. Fathers FREE!
Pageantry, marching bands and merrymaking are all part of the day’s July 4th festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens.
Experience the shots, the cannons and the horses as reenactors bring the Civil War to life!
19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5 & 6, and learn more about Laura's ties to Western New York.
A melodious weekend featuring hundred of musicians on four stages!