Museum of Wayne County History


The Museum is Open!

We hope all our members and supporters are staying safe & healthy!

COVID-19: Health and Safety Updates

We are so happy to be opening and receiving visitors once again! In order to keep our staff and visitors healthy, below you will find our new procedures and what to expect during our reopening including new safety guidelines:

  1. *Physical distancing signage is in place to reinforce physical distancing rules, including some designated paths.

  2. *The number of guests allowed in the museum will be limited

  3. *Per NYS reopening guidelines, ALL visitors over 2 years of age, volunteers and staff are required to wear an approved face covering while in the Museum. If guests don’t have their own mask, one can be provided at no cost. If you cannot wear or do not wish to wear a mask, we ask that you please wait and visit us again when the pandemic is over.

* We have increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols
* Hand sanitizing stations are scattered throughout our three floors
* Our drinking fountain is closed
* Please make reservations for groups larger than four (or family groups larger than six) by calling 315 946 4943

If you can’t visit us right now, please take a look at our Virtual Tour and Education page. Each day that schools were closed, we posted an article on Wayne County History. Enjoy!

The Museum of Wayne County History, run by the Wayne County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, is located in the historic town of Lyons, NY.  

About us:

The museum is housed in the former Wayne County Jail and Sheriff's residence built in 1856 and remained in use until 1960.  The 24 cells are still intact with the original inmate art work on the walls.  Learn the stories of some of the inmates that served time at the jail, and tour the three floors of exhibition space, such as Lyons Pottery & Clyde Glass, the Military Room which spans the War of 1812 to Vietnam War, a child's 1856 bedroom and much more.  The museum is located at 21 Butternut Street; just a short walk up from lock #27!  

The Wayne County Historical Society is also actively involved in promoting and organizing the Wayne County Bicentennial which will culminate in 2023. To keep up to date on Bicentennial news and information click the link: