Holland Land Office Museum

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

(585) 343-4727


Museum Hours:

Sunday - Monday

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

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

Executive Director:
Ryan Duffy

Museum Assistant:
Nellie Slocum

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Museum Exhibits

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. 

Current Exhibits
Over There to Over Here: 100 Years Later, Genesee County in the Great War

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI, the exhibit displays the stories of some of the veterans of the county who served in World War I, and ties their belongings and experiences into the overall narrative of the war. Objects in the exhibit include: helmets, medals, weapons, uniforms, equipment, music, flags, dog tags, and documents. "Over There to Over Here" also contains a listing of the documented veterans of Genesee County and served during WWI, which totals over 1,600 names. The exhibit also represents some of the experiences from the home front.

A Century of Questions: The Linden Murders Still Unsolved
Even though over 100 years have passed since the Linden Murders captured national attention they still remain unsolved. The string of murders that spanned two decades brought attention to Genesee County but few leads and more questions then answers. The exhibit contains actual artifacts from the crime scenes and other evidence related to the cases.

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