The Fairport Historical Museum

Home of the Perinton Historical Society

The Perinton Historical Society is pleased to announce the reopening of the Fairport Museum. 

Beginning August 1, the museum will be open on Saturdays 9am-1pm and Sundays & Tuesdays 2-4pm.

Masks and social distancing are required. The Fairport Museum highlights the history of the Town of Perinton and the Village of Fairport from its early days.  

Museum Remodel Complete

May 2018 - After nearly six months of planning, researching, and creating category signs and labels, the exhibit remodel on the main level of the museum is now complete. Its fresh, clean and open floor plan allows visitors to easily get around to see the new items, many of which haven’t been on display before.

Check out the temperance banner hanging at the entrance to the south wing, the expanded inventor cases and the area dedicated to local doctors and dentists.

Other new exhibits include an homage to Albert “Hawk” DiRisio in the atrium, and a display case in the south wing honoring young P. David Marsh, who gained the support of the Fairport community after becoming disabled due to a childhood illness.

Museum Highlights:

u Erie Canal, Family, Farming, Business & Industry Exhibits

u Research Resources for Genealogy, Local Architecture & Early Settlers

u Landmark Building

u Gift Shop; Unique Gifts & Books by Local Authors

The Fairport Museum is operated and maintained by the Perinton Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer organization.
Stop by and enjoy a visit and explore our displays and exhibits, including...

Erie Canal, Family, Farming, Business & Industry Exhibits
The exhibits showcase domestic and family life including costumes and accessories. You can also see historical displays on local settlers, farming, canal development, industries and businesses

Research Resources
The collections are extensive and include many resources for genealogy study, research of architecture and structures, cemetery records, residential directories and biographies of early settlers.

Landmark Building
Owned by the Village of Fairport, the former library, now housing the museum, was designated a landmark in 2008. It was built in 1937 in the Palladian/Georgian Revival or Neoclassical style. An18-foot mural by local artist Carl W. Peters in 1938 highlights the interior of the museum.

Gift Shop
Our gift shop has many unique gift items as well as books by local authors, postcards, pictures and maps. Select items are available on-line.

Admission is FREE!  Donations are welcome.


Memorial Art Gallery Exhibit - Carl W. Peters Murals

Our own Carl W. Peters mural was celebrated at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) with the blockbuster exhibit called, Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals. The exhibit took place from Oct. 2015 to Jan. 2016.

To see the mural at the Fairport Historical Museum, visit anytime during open hours. Also, on display is the painting “Winter Stream, which is owned by the village of Fairport.



At any time you can call the Museum and leave a message. The phone number is (585) 223 - 3989.

Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed in January and February.

Volunteers are available to answer general questions and to pull files for researchers during normal hours of operation.

Tours of the museum are self-guided but special tours can be arranged by appointment. There is no charge for special group tours, but a donation to the Museum would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to do in depth research, the Museum Director  is available to assist you. Please call for an appointment.

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February


Museum Management:

Vicki Masters Profitt, Director

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