Holland Land Office Museum

Genesee County, New York
131 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020


(585) 343-4727

hollandlandoffice@gmail.com



Museum Hours:

Sunday - Monday
Closed

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm




Admission:
Suggested donation
$1 Child/Student
$2 Adult
$5 Family



Executive Director:
Ryan Duffy

Museum Assistant:
Nellie Slocum




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Museum Exhibits

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Exhibits at the Holland Land Office Museum


Permanent Exhibits
Joseph Elliott and the Holland Land Company
Take a step back in time and see what might have been found in the Holland Land Office during the of Joseph Ellicott. See Joseph Ellicott and Robert Morris's desks and what kind of equipment was used to survey the land. Learn about the history of the Holland Land Company as well as key players in the development of Western New York. This room holds a model of the ship "The Batavian," a merchant vessel which sailed between Holland and the far East, examples of land deeds of the time period, a letter press, and a stone marker, which would have assisted Joseph Ellicott in surveying the land. In this room you are also able to see the original Rosewood cabinets that we housed in the Richmond Mansion. 

 


Native Americans in Western New York
Explore the rich history of the Native American tribes of Western New York in our Native American room. see a portrait of great orator Red Jacket and learn how he helped secure Haudenosaunee land rights through the Treaty of Big Tree. Gain a better understanding of the Seneca people by seeing a 3D model of a longhouse and other examples of items used during everyday life. 

Pioneer Kitchen
Have fun in our Pioneer Kitchen learning and guessing what different objects were used for. Feel for yourself how heavy a cast iron pot is or see how people of the time period made toast. Experience everything in our pioneer kitchen has to offer, including butter churns, bed warmers, a spinning wheel, and sewing machines. Take a step back and imagine what life would have been like in the pioneer days. 



Tour of Batavia
Take a trip down memory land and see what old Batavia was like. Learn about agriculture through our farming equipment and photographs. Stop by the old post office and imagine what it might have been like sending letters back then. See old advertisements and cozy up by the marble fireplace from the Richmond mansion. If you enjoy music, you will love the Genesee Symphony Orchestra's display on the history of their organization, also featured in this room.  



Military history of Genesee County
Learn about Genesee County's impact in each war, from the Revolutionary War until the Vietnam War. The lives of Ely Parker, Charles Rand, and Emory Upton, who were all residents of Genesee County, help show what happened during the Civil War. On display are items that these men may have owned or used throughout the war, including Emory Upton's West Point uniform and trunk, Ely Parker's chair, and Charles Rand's Medal of Honor. Take a look at the history of Batavia's police force and firemen through objects they would have used. Explore Batavia's more gruesome history by learning about the County Gibbet and its victims. 



New Additions

Pictures of General Emory Upton through his military career



Miniature Portrait of Henry I. Glowacki





Current Exhibits

NYSSB 150th Anniversary
The Holland Land Office Museum is excited to announce the opening of the "New York State School for the Blind Proudly Celebrates 150 Years of Educating Students." Visitors will be able to explore the new exhibit learning about the history of the school and discovering the many programs and organizations students engaged in. There will also be an interactive powerpoint displaying alumni memories. All objects shown are on loan from the New York State School for the Blind. 

Exhibit Opening- August 1st at 7pm





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