History, Museums, and the Arts

Creamery Historical Society

Skaneateles, and the surrounding areas, has so much history to offer. Below are a few of the museums and art centers for you to consider while enjoying your stay in the Finger Lakes region.


Skaneateles Historical Society and The Creamery -The Museum at The Creamery houses many Skaneateles artifacts, including hand-made wooden boats in the new Boat Building. Located at 28 Hannum Street, Skaneateles, NY  http://www.skaneateleshistoricalsociety.org/

John D. Barrow Art Gallery at 49 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY – adjoining the Skaneateles Library where you can also find a Patience Brewster Mural  http://www.barrowgallery.org/index.php

Shotwell Memorial Park on the shore of Skaneateles Lake at 3 West Lake Street – Shotwell Park, once acclaimed as “one of the most beautiful war memorials in the country,” has a rich history behind it. The property where the Park is located was originally owned by John Briggs, a Revolutionary War soldier who moved to Skaneateles in 1800 and built a tavern on the site in 1806. Read more about it here.


Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY – Since its founding in 2005, Auburn Public Theater has welcomed more than 100,000 patrons to experience year-round programming in our multi-venue performing arts and community center. As a hub for theater, art, music, education and creative expression, Auburn Public Theater has brought new life to downtown Auburn  http://auburnpublictheater.org/

Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY – The Schweinfurth Art Center is a non-profit gallery and multi-arts facility located in Auburn, New York, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The Art Center offers five exhibitions each year featuring regional, national and international artists. Well known annual exhibits include Quilts=Art=Quilts, Made in New York and Both Ends of the Rainbow.  http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org/

Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY – The Cayuga Museum presents changing exhibitions, public programs, and serves hundreds of researchers annually on three floors of the historic Willard-Case Mansion.  http://cayugamuseum.org/

Merry-Go- Round Playhouse, 6877 E Lake Rd, Auburn NY

Seward House