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Address: NYS Rts 394 & 20, Moore Park, Westfield, NY 14787
Phone Number:
+1 716-326-2977
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The museum opened its doors in 1951 in Chautauqua County's first brick...

The museum opened its doors in 1951 in Chautauqua County's first brick mansion. The house was built in 1818 by pioneer James McClurg, the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh industrialist. Its grand salons and formal rooms stood in sharp contrast to the rugged homes of neighboring frontier settlers. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Today the 24-room Federal-style mansion is the home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The museum features period displays on three floors. Displays include some of the earliest artifacts and archival materials relating to the settlement and development of the county. The society's collections feature fine art, antique furnishings, textiles, mastodon bones, a First Nations exhibit and much, much more. Guided tours and group rates are available.

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Wonderful Slice of Local and American History

$5 to tour, free for students. The two tour guides were older folk, probably around 80 or so husband and wife. The man who showed us around was absolutely a joy to be around, and... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

$5 to tour, free for students. The two tour guides were older folk, probably around 80 or so husband and wife. The man who showed us around was absolutely a joy to be around, and had a wealth of information to share about the history of the estate, the history of the town, a lot of specific relics from Abraham... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were lucky to be shown around by the curator of the museum who had many interesting stories to tell. We could have stayed all day listening to the history of the house, area and local residents. Particularly enjoyed the hands on approach, letting us hold and touch the artifacts. Our girls enjoyed learning the story of Grace Bedell and... More 

Thank Helen T
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Quite a grand old home and so nice to see it is being shared with the public in the park. Some very interesting history.

Thank Jeanne K
Versailles, Kentucky
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Impressive collection! Concise, informative one hour tour. Lovely park setting. I think even kids and teens would like this tour- mine would have!

Thank Amy B
Warwick, New York
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were welcomed to the museum by Saundra Brown and an intern. Ms. Brown gave us a wonderful 70 minute tour of the home - telling us about all its residents and the history of the area. It was informative and fun and very engaging.

Thank Barbara D
SE Michigan
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

A friend and I went into the McClurg and we enjoyed our visit but we're surprised that we could not walk around and look at things. We had a guided tour that was very informative but we only got to see two rooms and ran out of time to see more. We will go back one day and hopefully get... More 

Thank lovesfood13
Parma, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

Enjoyed a nice guided tour by a very knowledgeable lady. Museum is being renovated in some rooms. There's a great room with civil war and Lincoln stuff. Enjoyed the story about Lincoln and the little girl--you'll have to visit to find out how she changed him! Well worth the $5.

Thank Susan H
Raleigh, United States
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

The McClurg Museum is steeped in the rich history of the surrounding area. There are three floors of excellent displays and examples of 18th and 19th century life in the community. Docents are available to guide the visitor through the house. My favorite collections are in the basement with wonderful examples of kitchen items and farming tools. The second floor... More 

Thank Philip C
pittsburgh, United States
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Reviewed 6 October 2015

If you enjoy history you will love it. Very interesting and full of artifacts. Docent was very knowledge and enjoyable. Took about an hour to hour and a half to see everything.

Thank Richard S
Westfield, New York
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

This historic home houses artifacts from the entire county from 1820 thru 1938, the period it was a private residence. Not something I would recommend for small children, but if you like history, you will love this. Come hold a Civil War rifle, ring an old school bell, this museum lets you touch things. It has an amazing collection from... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth T

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