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Museums in Onondaga County

The Creamery

Skaneateles Historical Society

28 Hannum St.

Skaneateles, NY 13152


Set in lovely old creamery, the Historical Society's exhibits concentrate on life in Skaneateles. Learn about the boats and canoes that formerly plied Skaneateles Lake, how wool was fulled, and how the creamery was used. Numerous artifacts. The Creamery is just a few block from the lake.

Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd. East

Syracuse, NY 13202


Learn the history of the Erie Canal. Full-size replica of a line boat, weighmaster's office, mid-1800s canalside tavern, general store, stonecutter's shed, 19th century theater stage. The Uniquely Syracuse Room honors local business people, inventors and innovators. Displays discuss Stickley furniture, candlemaking, Syracuse China, brewing, lacrosse and more. Museum shop.

Everson Museum of Art

401 Harrison St.

Syracuse, NY 13202


Contemporary American art of all types in a building designed by I.M. Pei. Gallery and museum shop.

International Mask and Puppet Museum

518 Prospect Ave.

Syracuse, NY 13208


Giant puppets and masks, hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, and tiny finger puppets. Ancient, historical, and contemporary fine and folk art. Puppet theaters, folk toys, and musical instruments from around the world. Mask, dance, and puppet shows. In the same building as the Open Hand Theater. Both are located in the historic building called The Castle, which is described in detail on their Web site.

Jamesville Community Museum

6492 E. Seneca Tpk.

Jamesville, NY 13078


Located in the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church, built in 1878, which the museum purchased for $1.00, concentrates on local history. It's two main exhibits are a 15-foot diorama depicting the Solvay Process and the raw materials for the process, which come from this area (on “permanent loan” from the New York State Museum in Albany), and a noteworthy collection of local and New York State minerals.

Liverpool Willow Museum

314 Second St. (Rt. 370)

Liverpool, NY 13088


The history of willow growing and willow basketry as practiced in the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is on the grounds of the Lucius Gleason House (historic places\Lucius Gleason House), which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Manlius Historical Society Museum

101 Scoville Ave.

Manlius, NY 13104


The museum has permanent displays as well as a rotating exhibits. Attached to the museum is an authentic working blacksmith shop and an authentic non-working outhouse. The Society also owns the Cheney House at 109 Pleasant St., which houses the Society's library, photograph collection, maps, and files.

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)

500 S. Franklin St.

Armory Square

Syracuse, NY 13202


Hands-on exhibits, telecommunications lab, climbing maze, Bristol IMAX Omnitheatre, motion simulator, planetarium, café, science store.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum

321 Montgomery St.

Syracuse, NY 13202


Artwork, clothing, the decorative arts, toys, American Indians, the Underground Railroad, and other historical events and artifacts dealing with Syracuse and Onondaga County. Museum shop.

Salt Museum

Onondaga Lake Park

Onondaga Lake Parkway (Rt. 370

Liverpool, NY 13088


The museum, located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, is full of dynamic exhibits and artifacts. Constructed from timbers taken from actual salt warehouses, it provides an old time rustic experience. Explore the site of an original boiling iblock where brine (salt water) was turned into what was then considered one of the country's most precious commodities. See the actual kettles, wooden barrels, and other equipment that were used in this fascinating process which came to an end in the 1920s.

Shacksboro School House Museum

46 Canton St., McHarrie Park

Baldwinsville, NY 13027


A restored 19th century one-room schoolhouse with old-time school artifacts and exhibits about life in Baldwinsville. Gift shop.

The Stickley Museum

300 Orchard St.

Fayetteveille, NY 13066

315-682-5500, ext. 2616

Explore furniture making of the Stickley and Audis families. View the collection of thousands of items, including memorabilia. Factory tours available.

Stone Arabia Schoolhouse Museum & Block House Museum / Town of Cicero Historical Society

Rt. 31 near jct. of S. Bay Rd.

Cicero, NY 13039


Stone Arabia is a one-room schoolhouse (1854-1951) with original furnishings. The cedar Block House was built in the early 1800s and was once a restaurant. It displays Cicero artifacts, especially farm implements.

Tully Historical Society Museum

24 State St.

Tully, NY 13159


Housed in a former Baptist Church built in 1825, the Society's museum has local artifacts and a research library.

Wilcox Octagon House

5420 W. Genesee St.

Camillus, NY 13031


Built in 1856, this lovely octagon house has 8 square rooms and 8 triangular rooms plus a cupola. It is home to the Camillus Historical Society.


Updated 8 December 2013








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