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The Museum of Wayne County History is housed in the former
Wayne County Jail and Sheriff's residence, featuring three floors of exhibition space
and a two-story carriage house open seasonally.

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January through March 6 - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  10am-4pm

March 12 through April 20 - Tuesday - Saturday  10am - 4pm

*Monday, April 8th (Eclipse Day)  11am - 5pm

April 22 through Dec 7 - Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

NEW Spring Exhibit

It’s a Total Eclipse of the 
of Wayne County

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event in many ways.

Solar Eclipse Art 2024

The Wayne County Historical Society is celebrating this celestial sensation first with a special Eclipse Exhibit at the Museum.  It will be open to the public from March 11th through  April 20th. The exhibit will feature a model of the eclipse shadow-making phenomenon, a few stories of the local reactions to the last total eclipse (January 25, 1925), examples of how to safely watch the eclipse, and local student artwork depicting the majesty and mystery of this event inspired by our own Artwork, commissioned from and created by world renown eclipse artist, Tyler Nordgren. Forever's gonna start today with a Total Eclipse of the Heart…


The Museum will sponsor two local viewing events in Lyons.

Visit Wayne County Tourism Eclipse Events for more events in Wayne County. 


For families, The Great American Eclipse Watch Party at the Lyons Community Center will be held from 1 pm to 4:30 pm on April 8th, the day of the eclipse. This will be a fun and social way to experience the eclipse with crafts, activities, telescopes, concessions, and demonstrations that will explain and expound upon the whole matter. Indoor and outdoor activities. FREE ISO-certified glasses available. 


For adults and local workforce, Eclipse on the Erie will be a quieter, more contemplative viewing party,  at the Lock 27 Complex, 27 Water St. in Lyons from 2pm to 4:30pm. This remodeled space along the south shore of the Erie Canal will offer a peaceful place to sip some specialty drinks and devour delightful treats while watching the sky. Exclusive Eclipse Merchandise. Indoor and outdoor viewing. FREE ISO-certified glasses available. 

Exclusive Eclipse Merchandise. We have posters, magnets, cloth bags, zone maps, and other produts that feature the commissioned artwork created by world-renowned eclipse artist and scientist, Dr. Tyler Nordgren. Dr. Nordgren has also autographed a limited number of posters that will be available closer to the event. Stay tuned as we add more souvenirs to our Gift Shop. BUY ONLINE HERE. 

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Join us for another year of amazing exhibits, enduring events, and educational programming to meet our mission: to preserve and share Wayne County History.

Bakewise Brands
Dobbins Drugs
Ely & Leene Insurance Agency
Fowler Bros.
IEC Electronics
K & D Disposal
K.M. Davies, Inc.
Lyons Liquor Store
Lyons National Bank
Lyons Veterinary Clinic
MAS Engineering
Newark Baseball
Ohmann Theatre
Reliant Credit Union
Seneca Foods
Smith Family Acres
Wayne Cooperative Ins. Agency
Williams Farms

Celebrating Wayne County's 200th Birthday!

Many thanks to all of our Bicentennial Sponsors!

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