The Gouverneur Museum's collection was built, and continues to grow, as a result of local donations. Every object links us to the real people who once owned it and speaks to us from the past. Thanks to the generosity of area residents, the museum houses thousands of items, many are quite unique.
The Gouverneur Museum has artifacts on three floors, an exhibit building outside, a one room schoolhouse, and an Annex at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds.
The main building was built in 1904 and was once a three story Victorian home, the Presbyterian "Manse." The Manse was purchased by the Historical Association in 1974 and the museum opened July 4, 1976. In 2015, the church building next door and the "Museum in the Manse" were placed on the National Historical Registry.