Can my group use the museum facilities?

The Museum lends its space to community groups and requires completion of a Facilities Use Form for approval which can be mailed to LCHS, 30 Center Street, Geneseo, NY 14454. To inquire more about our facilities call 585-243-9147 or email us.

What is the charge?

Admission to the Museum is free and donations are greatly appreciated.

What is the difference between the Museum and the Historical Society?


Founded in 1876, the Livingston County Historical Society (LCHS) is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in western New York and serves to present, promote, preserve, and value the rich history of Livingston County. LCHS owns and operates the Livingston County Museum, which was established later in 1895.

Does the Museum have a parking lot?

The Museum has limited parking available at the front of the building. Additional parking is available in the church lot next door and public parking is available one block away.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

The entrance, auditorium, and select exhibit spaces are handicap accessible, however, toilet facilities are not. The Museum is currently in the process of redesigning the facilities for full handicap accessibility.

Does the Museum offer special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments?


As of now, the Museum does not have special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments.


How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?

Individual and group tours are available year-round and can be arranged by calling the Museum at 585-243-9147 or emailing us.

What programs does the Museum offer for school groups?


School groups of all ages are welcome and activities are tailored to the age of the visitor. Along with a guided tour, students have the opportunity to learn about the schoolhouse story and local Livingston County stories through hands-on activities such as making cornhusk dolls and writing with quill pens. Additionally, teaching-kits and book-kits are also available for loan.

Is the Museum a private or public institution?

The Livingston County Historical Society and Museum is a private institution. The LCHS owns and operates the Livingston County Museum for the benefit of the community.

What is meant by the term “permanent collections”?

These are objects in the Museum’s collection that are owned and accessioned by us.

Is photography or videography permitted in the Museum?

Yes, photography and videography is allowed, but not for commercial use or publication without the expressed consent of LCHS.

Can I volunteer at the Museum?

LCHS offers positions depending on the interest of the volunteer. Opportunities include serving on a committee, helping out with programs, serving as a tour guide or docent, and helping behind the scenes. If interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application.

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member at the Museum is easy. Simply fill out our application. LCHS accepts cash, check, or electronic payment.

What are the benefits of becoming a Member?

Benefits of becoming a member include subscription to the Livingston Historical Review, a quarterly newsletter, admission to the Museum, and an invitation to our Holiday Reception.

I have questions about my family history that might be connected to Livingston County. How can the Museum help me and where do I begin?

The first step in genealogical research pertaining to Livingston County would be to contact Amie Alden, the Livingston County Historian. Visit her website, call 585-243-7955, or email her. Her office is best equipped to assist you with genealogical research.

I want to know how much my antique or historic object/book/artwork is worth, can you tell me?

The Society and the Museum do not offer appraisals.


Is there access to the museum’s library collection?

There is access to the Museum’s library collection by appointment. Call 585-243-7955 or email us to make arrangements.

Can I make a donation online?

Yes, LCHS is set up to accept electronic donations. Click here to make a donation.