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Palmyra Historic Museum


An official Path Through History Site! Once known as the "Queen of Erie Canal towns," Palmyra boasts an astonishing array of architecture, ranging from the early 1800s to Victorian era grandeur. Historic Palmyra has been saving history in Palmyra, NY since 1843. The Historic Palmyra Museum Complex features five museums, which began during the Urban Renewal that covered our Nation from 1964 through 1976, and include an authentic canal era general store which has been recognized for excellence by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. As a non-profit, 501 c 3 educational institution, Historic Palmyra teaches local, county, state, and national history through its five museums. This former hotel and tavern is the current home of 23 themed rooms of memories and memorabilia, bearing witness to Palmyra’s influence on over 200 years of American history. Permanent exhibits include local business, government, police and fire service, medicine, education, photography, furnishings, tools, toys, and dolls. Our extensive military, Erie Canal, and Underground Railroad history is told through maps, research materials , and artifacts. You’ll also learn about important local connections to the Civil War, Women’s Suffrage, and the Book of Mormon, and famous folks such as Winston Churchill, Joseph Smith, Admiral Sampson, and Palmyra founder General John Swift.



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