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Welcome to The Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry

The Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry is located at 89 Fall Street in the middle of historic downtown Seneca Falls and serves as a point of interest for local and regional history. The Museum provides a historical overview illustrating how the Seneca River and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal powered the rise of industry and fostered cultural development, helping to spread social reform movements.
The Museum’s primary purpose is to “delight and inform, to lift the imagination as it strikes sparks of discovery.” Visitors and children of all ages can explore hands-on and interactive displays and intriguing exhibits and artifacts.  You will find friendly staff who are always available to answer questions or give a tour of the museum.
The Museum’s south entrance is on the panoramic Canal Harbor on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, allowing some of our visitors to arrive by boat. Bounded east and west by the two largest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca County’s people have lived harmoniously with the county’s great natural beauty.  Their way of life has left a historical trail, which visitors to the museum will enjoy following.
The Museum exists in a village rich in history, and rich in related institutions with a differing but complementary emphasis.  Early activism concerning women’s issues culminated in the Seneca Falls 1848 Convention where the now famous “Declaration of Sentiments” was signed and the beginning of a national Women’s Rights movement was launched. Two local institutions focus on these events, namely the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.  The Seneca Falls Historical Society purchased its present location in 1961, and is a “marvelous document of Victorian lifestyle and culture”. 
The Seneca Museum occupies a unique niche in this village of historical museums.  The canal, its construction, and the industry it spawned, led to a more affluent society which could concentrate on social issues such as the women’s movement and abolition among others.  Our Museum offers a historical perspective on this critical piece in the history of the town which preceded the early activism.  A merger of the Visitor Center with the Museum is a natural evolution because the themes of each are not dissimilar.


McClure Artist Group - MUSIC and SOUNDS of the RAINFOREST


Friday SEPT 19th – 7:00pm

Friday SEPT 19th – 7:00pm: MUSIC and SOUNDS  of the RAINFOREST
This highly interactive show (using Guild artists) uses music and sounds to explore the exotic animals, plants and people of the rainforest. In addition to lots of fun songs and...Read More »

FLIP is here

A new mobile app now playable at the Seneca Museum. FLIP, Fingerlakes Interactive Play, is a mobile app featured in the New York State PATH Through History initiative. Seneca Museum is among 12 historic sites in the region using a scavenger hunt concep Read More »

2014 Spring Camporee

On April 26th, the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry was visited by over one hundred and twenty boy scouts from the Seneca Waterways Council Mohawk District 2014 Spring Camporee hosted by BSA Troup 88 of Seneca Falls, Read More »

I Have A Poem In My Pocket

2014 ‘I Have a Poem in My Pocket’ April was National Poetry month and as a way to promote poetry in young children, the Seneca Falls Library continued its program called ‘I Have a Poem in My Pocket’. Read More »

New Summer Hours

Time Beginning June 1st the Museum will be staying open later for the summer months (June - August). Read More »

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