National Memorial Day Museum

35 E Main St., Waterloo, NY 13165 - United States




The National Memorial Day Museum, just a short walk from the Cayuga/Seneca Canal in Waterloo, NY, houses interpretive exhibits telling the story of the founding and history of Memorial Day to a national audience. The Museum is located in an historic home on Main St. Visitors are immersed in a story that was born out of the unimaginable death toll of the Civil War and are taken, room by room, panel by panel through the story of the origins of Memorial Day; those responsible for its founding in Waterloo in 1866; and the changing face and meaning of this somber holiday down to the 20th century. Waterloo is the only federally recognized birthplace of Memorial Day and we are proud to interpret this somber and reflective holiday for the many visitors who visit the museum and our beautiful Finger Lakes location.


Mourning Room

Civil War Artifact

History of Memorial Day and it's Founding in Waterloo

Grand Army of the Republic: Including information about Tyler J. Snyder Post



Other local artifacts, stories and memorabilia are displayed throughout.


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