Your browser is out of date.
This site may not function properly in your current browser. Update Now

Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Historic Museums and Attractions
The 1830 Hugh White Homestead, home of the WHMCC. – Brad Utter

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Working scale model of Lock 4 on the Old Champlain Canal (not available on Sundays).

Journey with us as we chart Waterford’s course in history from its prehistoric inhabitants to the Dutch Traders, forge along the colonial military road, explore the industrial revolution, and navigate the Champlain and Erie Canals into the Twenty First Century!

Your journey starts at the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center and our permanent exhibit: Born of Two Rivers: An Illustrated History of Waterford, New York. Conduct research in the George and Annabel O’Connor Library for Local History and enjoy our temporary exhibitions featuring local history and local artists. Check our website for the latest information regarding upcoming exhibits, workshops and programs.

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center is located in the 1830 Hugh White Homestead. Located at 2 Museum Lane, just off Saratoga Avenue (Route 32) in the town of Waterford, the Museum overlooks the Mohawk River and the old Champlain Canal and is also situated at the end of the Champlain Canal tow-path walking trail.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

Museum is run by a Board of Trustees and has one salaried staff member.

Walk the old Champlain Canal towpath, starting at Lock 4 right in front of the Museum. Travel into the Village of Waterford and visit the waterfront and the Waterford Flight, a set of 5 locks on the barge canal. The Museum is also located in the Saratoga Avenue National Historic District, which includes numerous Victorian mansions.

Suggested Further Reading

You can learn more about the museum and ways to plan your next trip on our website. Visit our Facebook page, blog and Instagram for more great opportunities to be involved and see what the museum has to offer on upcoming exhibits, programs, and events. You can also relive one of our popular exhibit series, Making Waterford Our Home, that explores the immigrant stories shared in this oral history project available at