Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center

Museum in Waterford
Reopening at 10:00 AM on October 1
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The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center has been closely following the NY Forward guidelines in anticipation of re-opening. Currently, the museum's 2020 season and use of the O’Connor Research Library remains temporarily suspended.

The Waterford Historical Museum wants to check-in with everyone and share that we will remain in our off-season during this time. We hope to open our museum season in May like usual, with the date of opening TBD due to delays resulting from the necessary precautions taken. As a small, private mus...

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The Portrait of Catherine Schuyler

Mar 10, 2020 – Mar 10, 2020

There’s a fascinating portrait of Catherine Schuyler, wife of General Philip Schuyler, painted by a traveling artist in the 1760s. It’s as good as a photograph to see what Catherine looked like and what she wore. Or is it? The answers may surprise you!

Location: Van Schaick Island Country Club

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Kate Mullany: The Legacy of a Woman Trade Pioneer

Feb 11, 2020 – Feb 11, 2020

P. Thomas Carroll of the Kate Mullany National Historic Site will be sharing with us a presentation to discuss this historic, local landmark and their efforts to share the incredible history of a pioneer in woman’s labor rights, Kate Mullany. This site was declared a National Historic Site in 199...

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The Peebles Family: Historical Lecture

Jan 14, 2020 – Jan 14, 2020

Thea Hotaling, owner and historian of the historic Brookwood Mansion in Halfmoon, will be presenting on the fascinating history of the original owners of Brookwood, the Peebles Family. This is one local spot that can claim for certain that "George Washington slept here"! The Peebles family - of P...

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DASHIN' & DANCIN' ANNOUNCEMENT! Saturday, Dec. 7 (7pm-10pm). Joining The Refrigerators, the fantastic 10-piece party band of the Capital Region, will be local rock artist, MORIAH FORMICA! There will be funk and soul music to dance to, you can rock out with Moriah, and Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be the...

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Join us tonight at 6pm at the Van Schaick Island Country Club for the 2-hour special Kickoff Presentation of the 2019-2020 Winter Lecture Series: THE GREAT WATERFORD BANK ROBBERY OF 1872! Presented by Waterford Town Historian, Russell VanDervoort. $6 Nonmembers $5 museum members

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Dashin' & Dancin' Concert

Dec 7, 2019 – Dec 7, 2019

The Refrigerators are returning once again to the Cohoes Music Hall for our 3rd Annual Dashin’ & Dancin’ Concert!

Join us for a fun night of fantastic music – which includes a few Christmas songs – and a visit from a special guest performer to make the night even more special!

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Treasures in the Closet

Nov 15, 2019 – Nov 15, 2019

FREE to Participate

WHMCC invites you to join in an open discussion at the museum to share the stories attached to the items in your homes.
Are we looking for only historic artifacts of Waterford history? No!

Sure, bring something historic! We are a museum after all.

Or you can show off that...

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2 years ago
I love the museum. The permanent exhibits are so interesting, I learn something new every time I go. The temporary exhibit is fascinating and so well documented. And "Canal Kids" is a fun spot for all ages--- sudoku is my favorite!
- Kitty G
a year ago
Another all-time favorite!
- Dawn M
3 years ago
Lovely quaint museum, had a great time
- Grace D

Preserving & Teaching Our History

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center has been in operation since 1964. Overlooking the old Champlain Canal Lock 4, the museum is in a perfect spot for visitors to explore the rich history and culture of this area at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. Located inside the Hugh White Homestead, the museum has a fascinating history of its own as well! This Greek Revival building is a testament to the goal of the museum to preserve and educate visitors on our local history for future generations - from early settlers and native inhabitants, to the use of the waterways surrounding Waterford for military, communication and trade purposes, the canal networks, the industrial history, the Button Fire Engines, and the immigrant history of many living here, there is so much to be explored. Just a short distance away from the Harbor Visitors' Center, the museum offers special programs throughout the year!

Our museum season is from the first weekend in May through the end of October, but our permanent exhibit is open year-round by appointment. The George and Anabel O'Conner Research Library and Archive is located on our upper level and is available to researchers upon appointment only.

General museum admission:
$6 per adult        $5 children/seniors (65+)  
Free admission children under 6 and for museum members

We are a member of the Blue Star Military Program offering free admission with military ID for up to 4 people

Learn more by visiting our website: www.waterfordmuseum.com

Email us at: info@waterfordmuseum.com 

You can find us on Facebook and Instragram too. Check out our blog page to learn more about us!

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  • (518) 238-0809


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2 Museum Lane
Waterford, New York 12188
United States

Business Hours

Thu:10:00 – 10:15 AM
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