Message from the Gouverneur Historical Association:
In light of new information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) released by state and federal officials within the past few days, we have made the decision to close the Gouverneur Museum to the public immediately. The museum will remain closed to the public until further notice.
This was a difficult decision to make, but we know it is the right choice at this time in order to best ensure the safety of our visitors and volunteers.
During this time, you can visit the Gouverneur Museum virtually… using our mobile our app.
The Museum in the Manse
photo: Amy Cook
The museum building, "The Manse" was purchased by the Historical Association in 1974 and the museum opened July 4, 1976. The main building was built in 1904 and was once a three story Victorian home, the Presbyterian Manse. In 2015, the church building next door and the Manse were placed on the National Historical Registry.
The Gouverneur Museum has artifacts on three floors, an exhibit building outside, an Annex at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds, and an authentic one room schoolhouse.
The museum's collection was built from local donations and every object speaks to us from the past and links us to the real people who once owned it. Thanks to the generosity of area residents, the museum houses thousands of items, many are quite unique.
"The Village Park" by local artist Nonnie Caswell