Historic Palmyra Museums

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Basic Information

Address: 132 Market St, Palmyra, NY 14522
Phone Number: 315-597-6981
Director: Tray Murphy

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Days and Hours: Tues- Thursday 11-4pm Oct 1st- May15th, Tuesday - Friday 10-4, Saturdays 10-2, May 15th- Oct 1st

Historic Palmyra's 5 Mueums at 1 Destination is in the heart of Erie Canal country. Each of our museums are unique and have a little something for every age! Our Historical Museum boasts 23 themed rooms with over 200 years of Palmyra and vicinity history, featuring local businesses, police and fire service, medicine, education, toys and more. Our Erie Canal Depot is an 1830's tenant house that has stalls in the basement for the mules that pulled packet boats along the canal. You can see the original architecture of the building in each of the rooms. Place a pin in our map to mark your "home" as we have visitors from all over the world. The Palmyra Print Shop has examples of some of the finest printing equipment ever made. Thanks in part to John M. Jones who settled in Palmyra, changing the future of the printing industry. Last on Market St is our William Phelps General Store and family residence. Fondly known as the museum "where time stands still", this 1826 building has served the needs of Palmyra as a boarding house, bakery, tavern and general store. Purchased in 1868 by William Phelps, he immediately moved his family of 4 into the building and began renovating. Williams son Julius took over the store in 1900 and eventually closed it suddenly in 1940, leaving all the products on the shelves as a time capsule for you and your family to explore. Above the store is the family residence where Julius' daughter Sibyl lived until 1976. Never updated to have indoor plumbing or electricity, this home preserves its post Civil War furnishings and Victorian splendor. The haunting of the Phelps' 108 year legacy remains to this day.
Walk over to William St to visit our Alling Coverlet Museum and Gift Shop. This museum features the largest collection of American handwoven coverlets in the country. Coverlets are on display each year from May- Nov. We also have a large quilt room for the delight of our Quilters. Our Gift Shop offers American made woven goods, books for the history buff, puzzles, pillows and more.

Grade Levels:
Group Type: All ages, all groups
Disabled Access:

Historic Palmyra offers first floor displays, ramps to our buildings and accessible bathrooms.

Program Type:

Historic Palmyra offers programs and presentations on a monthly basis. In the summer we have an Ice Cream Social, Pirate Weekend, Dig Camp and many walks. Weekends may find your inner ghost hunter drawn to our museums as we offer 4 and 6 hour ghost investigations for the beginner to the experts in the field. Historic Palmyra is also one of 20 passport sites designated in the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor. We are also proud to participate in a program called "Ticket to Ride" that provides funding for busing and school age children to visit the museums. 

Admission/Tickets: Trail Pass - 5 Museums is $7 for Seniors(70+) and Students (6-17), $10 for Adults 18+. Active Military and Blue Star - no charge, individual museums-$5 each
Length of Visit: 60-90minutes
Return Policy: N/A
Exhibits: Each museums hold unique displays
Freebies: Stickers, passport stamps, Canal coloring books
Amenities: bathrooms in 3/5 Museums, AC, heat, seating
Reservations Needed: Large groups, bus tours, ghost investigations

Palmyra NY is located along the Erie Canal, 6 miles North of the NYS Thruway(I-90), exit 43.

Mission Statement:

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...

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

As a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 educational institution, Historic Palmyra teaches local, county, state, and national history through its five museums. A complete research facility is located in the Palmyra Historical Museum and encompasses such subjects as the Civil War, the military, the Erie Canal, photography, tools, toys and dolls, medical history, many local religions, and more. The artifacts and archives span from 1781 through the present.


William Phelps General Store and Family Residence Museum

140 Market Street, Palmyra, NY 14522

BG Gillett
 6 days ago
Greatly preserved!
Historic Palmyra Inc

132 Market Street, Palmyra, NY 14522

 17 weeks ago
We visited each of the buildings with the deputy director, who was very friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Great collections! Fascinating!

Historic Palmyra Inc

132 Market Street, Palmyra, NY 14522

Trite Observations
Jul 23, 2019
A cool collection of mini-museums. Loved the store and home above it especially: a place locked in time.

Facility History:

The five museums of Historic Palmyra began during the Urban Renewal that covered our Nation from 1964 through 1976. Our incorporation with the NYS Department of State is dated 1967 and in 2005 we received an absolute charter from the New York State Board of Regents. However, Historic Palmyra has been around much longer, saving history in Palmyra, NY since 1843.

Additional Information:

Join Histoirc Palmyra for a walk through time as we tour our amazing 5 Museums ~ 1 Destination. All are welcome!