Walter Elwood Museum

Walter Elwood Museum The Walter Elwood Museum
Our History Walter Elwood had been an educator in the Greater Amsterdam School District (GASD) in the early 1900's. Having traveled around the world as a young man, Mr. Elwood became an avid collector of ethnographic materials and natural history items from every corner of the globe. He started his "museum" in the Fifth Ward School on the south side of Amsterdam, and is fondly remembered by many in our community, carrying interesting materials from school to school in an effort to educate students with authentic artifacts and objects. Upon his death in the 1950's, he stipulated that the collection should be left to the Greater Amsterdam School District. Our extensive assortment of approximately 25,000 artifacts fall into four categories: multicultural, Victorian, natural history, and items that relate to Mohawk Valley's colorful industrial past (documentary, photographic and tangible). Since its inception, the museum has served to link school curriculum to the dynamic richness of our common cultural and historic heritage, and has functioned as an intellectual and artistic center for Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley. We offer interactive learning environments, educational classes, and a spectrum of cultural events. We also feature various new exhibits, guest lecturers, and summer school classes in science, math and natural history. The Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley (formally the Mohawk Valley Heritage Association or MVHA) was formed in 1981 to protect this small, school-owned museum. Due to budgetary difficulties, the school district has had to give up staffing the museum, and has turned over management of the collections to our group. We have chosen a new board of trustees to oversee the interests of the museum, have restructured our organizational policies, have received a provisional charter from the New York State Department of Education. We have worked closely with experienced consultants to map out our course for the future, and with vigorous fundraising efforts, are poised for significant growth

As a cultural center, the Museum inspires curiosity, creativity, and understanding of our past and present. The Museum promotes a dynamic, rich, unified community that values its heritage.

Mission: The Walter Elwood Museum is a gateway to learning using the past to illuminate the present. Utilizing local experience, stories and artifacts, we examine history and culture in all its dimensions. We offer educational programs, unique collections and creative activities to enrich understanding of ourselves and each other

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
06/25/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
06/21/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

Check out the Raffles we will be having at our Annual Ice Cream Social this year at the Walter Elwood Museum. A new memb...
06/18/2019

Check out the Raffles we will be having at our Annual Ice Cream Social this year at the Walter Elwood Museum. A new membership gets you a ticket for all raffle baskets we will be having or (1) ticket for $2, (3) for $5, (10) for $10.

1. KIDS BASKET OF THE BEST COOL KIDS STUFF FROM OUR GIFT SHOP, $25 RUBY TUESDAY GIFT CARD & GUARANTEED SPOTS IN OUR WINTER 2020 CAMP.

2. ADULT BASKET INCLUDING COLLECTION OF NEW LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS AND A $25 RAINDANCER GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Only a couple spots left for our first week  Camp (Nature), and just a few more spots left in the other 3 weeks of camp....
06/14/2019

Only a couple spots left for our first week Camp (Nature), and just a few more spots left in the other 3 weeks of camp. Please see flyer and sign up soon!

Call for Entries- Erie Canalway Photo Contest: Capture the beauty, history, people, and character of the Erie Canalway N...
06/14/2019

Call for Entries- Erie Canalway Photo Contest: Capture the beauty, history, people, and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and take a shot at a spot in the 2020 Erie Canalway Calendar. Deadline 8/30/19, details: http://www.eriecanalway.org

A big thank you to the vendors who have signed up so far to be at our event :) Dave's Dawgs, Capital District Civil War ...
06/14/2019

A big thank you to the vendors who have signed up so far to be at our event :) Dave's Dawgs, Capital District Civil War RoundTable & Y.E.S I Am inc Also thank you to the following people who donated towards baked goods for the event: Jane Button, Regina Cassetta, Noreen Gulnick, Grace Frederes, Dianne Santos & Y.E.S I Am inc. We will have Gibson & Staudle and Steve Cowles playing music. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor or baker for our event please contact us at the museum 518-843-5151 or [email protected]

A big thank you to  the vendors who have signed up so far to be at our event :) Dave's Dawgs & Capital District Civil Wa...
06/11/2019

A big thank you to the vendors who have signed up so far to be at our event :) Dave's Dawgs & Capital District Civil War RoundTable. Also thank you to the following people who donated towards baked goods for the event: Jane Button, Regina Cassetta, Noreen Gulnick & Grace Frederes. We will have Gibson & Staudle and Steve Cowles playing music. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor or baker for our event please contact us at the museum 518-843-5151 or [email protected]

One of our Artist Tenants Brent Birnbaum is having an Art Gallery Show in NYC. Please check out his awesome art!
06/06/2019

One of our Artist Tenants Brent Birnbaum is having an Art Gallery Show in NYC. Please check out his awesome art!

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
06/04/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

Many thanks to MCT Federal Credit Union for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.
06/04/2019

Many thanks to MCT Federal Credit Union for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.

Many thanks to Kinowski Agency, Inc. Insurance for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.
06/03/2019

Many thanks to Kinowski Agency, Inc. Insurance for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.

Many thanks to Miller Printing & The Mycek Law Firm for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.
05/30/2019

Many thanks to Miller Printing & The Mycek Law Firm for their Sponsorship of our 2019 Annual Ice Cream Social.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for our event? You can call us at the museum at 518-843-5151 or email us at ass...
05/21/2019

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for our event? You can call us at the museum at 518-843-5151 or email us at [email protected] :)

Great things happening this season at Johnson Hall….
05/14/2019

Great things happening this season at Johnson Hall….

**Save the date for this year's Annual Ice Cream Social**
05/13/2019

**Save the date for this year's Annual Ice Cream Social**

Upcoming Summer Camp Days at the Walter Elwood Museum. Please email, fax or mail the completed registration form to the ...
05/09/2019

Upcoming Summer Camp Days at the Walter Elwood Museum. Please email, fax or mail the completed registration form to the museum to sign up.

05/07/2019
City of Amsterdam
04/23/2019

City of Amsterdam

Today, Mayor Michael Villa, visted Walter Elwood Museum for their 2019 Spring Break Camp Days at the Museum, STEAM Learning Experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Using STEAM will test the childrens' engineering skills. They will learn the basics of building construction and the importance of balance!

We currently have 5 more openings for our Spring Break Camp which will be on 4/23-4/25. If you are interested in signing...
04/16/2019

We currently have 5 more openings for our Spring Break Camp which will be on 4/23-4/25. If you are interested in signing up please let us know by Friday 4/19 because the museum will be closed for the Easter Weekend.

We still have openings for our upcoming Spring Break Camp :)
04/04/2019

We still have openings for our upcoming Spring Break Camp :)

We still have openings for our upcoming Spring Break Camp :)
04/02/2019

We still have openings for our upcoming Spring Break Camp :)

The Walter Elwood Museum is looking for a bright energetic self motivated intern ,college level preferred, to work on a ...
03/28/2019

The Walter Elwood Museum is looking for a bright energetic self motivated intern ,college level preferred, to work on a grant funded history and archival project and accessioning collection donations. Ability to work independently is a must as well as an archival, museum and/or history interest or background would be a plus. Please send cover letter and resume directly to Ann M. Peconie, Executive Director, Walter Elwood Museum at 100 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or to [email protected].

03/26/2019
Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY
02/21/2019

Root Historical Society & Museum - Montgomery County, NY

This is a small sample of items on display. makes for a great day trip.

Check out some of the new kid items that are available in our gift shop :)
02/21/2019

Check out some of the new kid items that are available in our gift shop :)

Walter Elwood Museum
02/14/2019

Walter Elwood Museum

The museum is in need of a few sets of the following items for our upcoming April spring break camp week:

-Lincoln Logs Sets
-Jenga Games
-Tinker Toy Sets
-Any sets of wooden blocks

We will be happy to return them to you after camp week is complete or you could donate to the museum for future camps.

02/12/2019

The museum will be closing today at 12:30 due to the weather. We will reopen tomorrow 2/13 unless the Amsterdam School District is closed tomorrow then we will also be closed...

St. Mary's Institute
02/07/2019

St. Mary's Institute

Mrs. Krohn's Early Childhood class partnered with the Walter Elwood Museum for a little one's cultural exploration of Chinese New Year. Students studied museum artifacts, created Chinese-inspired art and tasted Chinese cuisine. Even their outside hallway was decorated for the cultural celebration! Great job providing learning experiences to ensure understanding and appreciation of world cultures! #RCDASchools Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools The Evangelist

Walter Elwood
01/30/2019

Walter Elwood

Today we went and explored the Walter Elwood Museum! If you have never been there go check it out! There are approximately 25,000 artifacts - multicultural, Victorian, natural history, items that relate to Mohawk Valley's colorful industrial past, and more! Plus the building itself is a BEAUTIFUL piece of history!

Admission is FREE and they have a TON of free activities for kids including Elwood's Little Explorers and 2019 Winter Break Camp coming up!

What a great asset in our community

Thank you Dani Whelly and Michelle for taking the time to tour the Museum and see all we have to offer the community!!!
01/30/2019

Thank you Dani Whelly and Michelle for taking the time to tour the Museum and see all we have to offer the community!!!

Today we went and explored the Walter Elwood Museum! If you have never been there go check it out! There are approximately 25,000 artifacts - multicultural, Victorian, natural history, items that relate to Mohawk Valley's colorful industrial past, and more! Plus the building itself is a BEAUTIFUL piece of history!

Admission is FREE and they have a TON of free activities for kids including Elwood's Little Explorers and 2019 Winter Break Camp coming up!

What a great asset in our community

The museum is in need of a few sets of the following items for our upcoming April spring break camp week: -Lincoln Logs ...
01/28/2019

The museum is in need of a few sets of the following items for our upcoming April spring break camp week:

-Lincoln Logs Sets
-Jenga Games
-Tinker Toy Sets
-Any sets of wooden blocks

We will be happy to return them to you after camp week is complete or you could donate to the museum for future camps.

01/28/2019
City of Amsterdam

City of Amsterdam

City of Amsterdam announces that due to a sewer repair at the intersection of Church Street (Rt. 67) and Prospect Street the following roads will be closed beginning Monday, January 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until complete.

 Church Street (Rt. 67 East) from the Rt. 30 North Overpass (by Amsterdam City Hall) to Willow Street;
 Prospect Street from Locust Avenue to Church Street

Drivers are asked to take alternate routes during this time as no traffic will be allowed through.

NYSDOT will be detouring traffic as follows:

 Rt. 67 East will be detoured to Rt. 5 East to Truax Road back up to Rt. 67.
 Rt. 67 West will be detoured to Truax Road to Rt. 5 West back to Rt. 67 West/Rt. 30 North & South.

There will be access to Amsterdam City Hall from Church Street and access to the Walter Elwood Museum from Willow Street.

If you should have any questions about this road closure, please call the Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

01/17/2019
Happy New Year from all of us at The Walter Elwood Museum
12/27/2018

Happy New Year from all of us at The Walter Elwood Museum

The Museum will be closed from Monday December 24th through Tuesday January 1st for the Holidays. The Museum will reopen...
12/20/2018

The Museum will be closed from Monday December 24th through Tuesday January 1st for the Holidays. The Museum will reopen on Wednesday January 2nd.

Some photos from our Holiday Open House this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who attended the event :)
12/17/2018

Some photos from our Holiday Open House this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who attended the event :)

Congratulations to the following people who won one of  our raffle baskets this Saturday at our Holiday Open House:-Eric...
12/17/2018

Congratulations to the following people who won one of our raffle baskets this Saturday at our Holiday Open House:
-Erica George
-Christine Andrzejewski
-Mr. & Mrs. Guy Tomlinson

Join us this Saturday 12/15 from 1-4 pm for our annual Holiday Open House.
12/13/2018

Join us this Saturday 12/15 from 1-4 pm for our annual Holiday Open House.

Please join us this Saturday 12/15 for our Annual Holiday Open House.
12/11/2018

Please join us this Saturday 12/15 for our Annual Holiday Open House.

Check out a new donation to our collections on display in our local artists room. A Mohawk Luxor seamless Wilton Rug fro...
12/10/2018

Check out a new donation to our collections on display in our local artists room. A Mohawk Luxor seamless Wilton Rug from the 1930's.

We now have the 2019 HAL Icons Calendar for sale at the Museum. They make a great Holiday gifts and are only $13 each. C...
11/26/2018

We now have the 2019 HAL Icons Calendar for sale at the Museum. They make a great Holiday gifts and are only $13 each. Come get one soon as they sell out quickly each year.

The Museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday 11/21 through Sunday 11/25 we will reopen on Monda...
11/20/2018

The Museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday 11/21 through Sunday 11/25 we will reopen on Monday 11/26 at 9am.

Please Support
11/20/2018

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Address

100 Church St
Amsterdam, NY
12010

General information

As a cultural center, the Museum inspires curiosity, creativity, and understanding of our past and present. The Museum promotes a dynamic, rich, unified community that values its heritage. Museum Hours Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Evenings and Weekends By appointment only. Please call to confirm hours or to schedule group tours

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(518) 843-5151

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