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Historic Palmyra Museum

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Address: 132 Market St, Between E. Main Street and Erie Canal, Palmyra, NY 14522-1136
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+1 315-597-6981
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Tue - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30

HISTORIC PALMYRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated...

HISTORIC PALMYRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated preserving the history and architectural heritage of Palmyra, New York. Once known as the "Queen of Erie Canal towns," Palmyra boasts an astonishing array of architecture, ranging from the early 1800's to Victorian era grandeur. Historic Palmyra's mission is to save the history of Palmyra and vicinity through the preservation of architecture, artifacts, and archives. Historic Palmyra teaches and educates through the five museums and their collections. This mission is served primarily through the operation of five unique museums, welcoming thousands of visitors each year... Hours 10:30-4:30 Tues-Sat May-October 11:00-4:00 Tues-Thurs November-April

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Excellent history

The history of this town is just amazing not to be out done by the amazing curator who is great with adults and kids alike. Not being a history buff she certainly educated me on a... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Rob H
Palmyra, New York
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Palmyra, New York
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The history of this town is just amazing not to be out done by the amazing curator who is great with adults and kids alike. Not being a history buff she certainly educated me on a vast many things I never knew about the town. On another note... it's not just a great place to visit in the day. The... More 

Thank Rob H
Springville, Utah
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

It is obvious that the people of Palmyra care a great deal about their town and it's history. Erie Canal, printing, private citizens, fire department, police officers, urban renewal, 19th century, military, dolls, fire, voting, religion...just a few of the topics covered. We spent several hours exploring with our guide.

Thank MabelMcGillicutty
Troy, New York
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

The Museum actually encompasses five separate buildings that we purchased and restored by the Palmyra Historical Society. For a nominal admission price ($6 adult, $4 teenager) we were treated to tons of local history - some that bordered on trivial but some quite significant. The guided tour was terrific - our host was sweet and charming and very proud of... More 

Thank VeronicaFitz
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

This is an incredible collection of history from the area. The volunteers work tirelessly to keep the collection in good shape. Especially interesting is the Phelps store which is like time capsule and the shopkeeper's apartment above the store. If you are in Palmyra, don't miss this.

Thank Andhouse
Lyons, New York
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

very interesting, good for the family, you can learn a lot about History, free parking ,staff was great.

Thank carolyn w
Avoca, New York
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

Been here many times! Highly recommend the tours,and investigations.Bonnie and Steve are wonderful people.

Thank DHoffman
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

the sculptures and the movies was amazing. as a mother seeing the tape of the influence of a mother was amazing. Joseph smith sculpture kneeling down was amazing. learning about our modern prophet was also amazing.

Thank Dulia O
Palmyra, New York
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

There are so many artifacts & items here. There's also a general store and a print shop preserved as well as the museum. You must also visit the Alling Quilt Museum which shows not only the history but fine examples on a rotating basis. I believe it's the largest collection in the US.

Thank Linda P
Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

The women at the museum were most friendly, helpful and full of information. We made the mistake of starting our tour too late in the day so we did not get to see all of the buildings usually shown on the tour. The main museum did have a map of the famous graves in the cemetery that was of great... More 

Thank Brent M
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

The museum itself appears to be a conglomeration of many items. The most interesting of all to me were the buildings themselves and their history. I had a lengthy chat with the guides there who were a wealth of information about the history of Palmyra and the surrounding area.

Thank bobalbin

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