Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

2 Museum Lane, Waterford, NY 12188 - United States




Housed in the 1830 Hugh White house, the Waterford Museum & Cultural Center was a pivotal gateway for New York’s immigration and commerce. Waterford and its neighboring communities reflect an interrelated history of innovation, industry and ingenuity. Using traditional and new technologies, WHMCC stirs the imagination, interest and involvement of residents and visitors alike in this unfolding local story of history and culture.

The Museum presents and supports an ever-changing array of educational and entertaining exhibits, programs, lectures and related activities, both onsite and through outreach initiatives.


A Place For Nature In Victorian Waterford
This exhibit creates an indoor flower arrangement for those highly sought-after private gardens. The museum building's original owner was known in his community for his spectacular outdoor garden and meticulously cultivated grounds, along with his multiple greenhouses, graperies and conservatory to house his plants year-round. But he was not the only one influenced by this growing trend to incorporate nature in their daily lives - artwork, literature and even the design of areas of the Town of Waterford all experienced this trend. This exhibit will run until Oct.27

The Old Champlain Canal Lock 4
This is located right outside the museum and is accessible for visitors by taking the stairs at the end of our parking lot to enjoy the Towpath Park area - this is a great spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of the water of the Mohawk River and enjoy the bike/hike trail along the abandoned route of the old Champlain Canal.

There's something new for our younger visitors too! We now have a children's area set up in our main exhibit area for children to enjoy.


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