About the Museum

The Saratoga Springs History Museum was founded in 1883 as the Saratoga Historical Society. As one of the earliest organizations of its type, our early collections and displays were quite eclectic. Our founders included Ellen Hardin Walworth, one of the four original founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution and many influential residents of Saratoga County. The museum aquired artifacts from the Trustees personal collections and from all around northern New York.

Since then, our mission has become focused on the City of Saratoga Springs.

Today our award winning museum presents changing exhibitions, public programs, and serve hundreds of researchers annually on three floors of a historic 1870s gambling casino, designated a National Historic Landmark. We care for 15,000 artifacts and a photographic archive of some 325,000 images of Saratoga Springs.

Our mission is to foster public education and chronicle the story of Saratoga Springs history by operating the History Museum, conducting programs, and collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting materials that document the city’s social, political, economic, geological, and cultural history.

We invite you to be one of our 13,000 visitors who visit the History Museum and experience the history of the Spa City!

Click here for more information on visiting the museum, including hours, admission and directions to the museum.