MUSEUM VILLAGE INC

Rating: 4.77 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1010 Rte 17 M Monroe NY 10950 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited Museum Village as a child in the 1950s and it was a source of wonder!

Now as a member of a neighboring Historical Society, and having collaborated with Museum Village staff and volunteers on a couple projects, I really appreciate what a wonderful archive of our local history Roscoe Smith assembled! It is a regional, and dare I say, a national treasure!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been to Museum Village numerous times. The memories I have of all the different events have helped shape my perspective of history when I was a child. I look forward to taking my daughter there when she gets older, so she as I can experience a great organization that continues to tell the story of America.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Visiting Museum Village is my way of going back into time. Being a lover of history, I am able to enjoy the benefits of such a terrific resource in my very own community. There are many events that are wonderful to attend. Fire Fighter's Day when all the local fire departments join the Museum to proudly show off their own prize antiques. Civil War Weekend - kids and adults are withness to the Union and Confederate reenactors skirmish. And Christmas at the Village is always delight with carolers, pretzels on toasting, and special holiday perfromances. These are just to name a few.

I am always enchanted by what each building has to offer. There is such a diverse collection of artifacts display dating from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. And what is even more amazing, is the amount of artifacts that are not on display due to lack of space and proper conditions.

The professional staff and friendly volunteers are always bustling about with seamless effort making improvements and working as guardians of history.

This is a place that must be seen.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the less than one year I've been a volunteer, I've seen amazing accomplishments and changes for the better in both exhibits and programing and event selection.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the funds they need to make the structural improvements needed to house all their artifacts, as well as for the staffing needed to execute the endless possibilties when it comes to programing for children (and adults).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been going to Museum Village with my family for years. The weekend special events are the best.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The quality of the artifacts and enthusiasm of the interpreters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find new funding sources.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I first visited Museum Village with my students in 1975. The children learned much from the interpreters and especially through the hands-on experiences. Our second grade curriculum focused on communities and the fabulous presentation of a late nineteenth century village really motivated the kids. Back at school they made dioramas, practiced different kinds of weaving, crafted pinch pots, cooked with old recipes and played some games that were popular in the late 1800's.

During my thirty year teaching career, I brought hundreds of children and many of their parents to Museum Village to experience and learn about their local history.

When I retired from teaching, I was asked to join the board of trustees. I have spent much time and energy over the past seven years repairing buildings and infrastructure, developing new programs and helping the museum raise funds.

We received a major Federal Grant that enabled the museum to begin an inventory project, photographing and recording every artifact in the collection. We expect to have the inventory results available on-line by next year. What a fantastic resource for students around the world.

Museum Village is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. A close friend of mine came to the village with her fourth grade class shortly after it opened in 1950. She was enthralled by the weaving demonstration which featured a huge, old, barn loom. As an adult, she successfully pursued her artistic talents as a professional weaver. I wonder how many other stories like that one are out there.

Please consider helping Museum Village by becoming a member, making a donation and if you're close enough, becoming a volunteer.

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Museum Village has enabled me to back to my community. I am thrilled to see my children volunteering to help the museum and the other charities which they support. My parents would be very proud of the values they successfully passed on to their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers to help raise funds for the museum during these difficult times.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I think places like Museum Village, which I know quite well, are unique. Kids love watching the craftsmen perform in front of their noses and participate in activities like candle making. A seeing Harry the Mastodon is a must for everyone!
Job well done, Museum Village!
Two thumbs up!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having a well-spent day with people I know

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve advertising part of their activities so more people get to know them

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am a 4th grade teacher, presently working an independent school in Greenwich Village, NYC. I facilitate a social studies-based curriculum, emphasis on westward expansion. I have visited the museum on several occasions, both to experience village life and observe the Civil War reenactment. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the staff is very informative. The possibilities to extend the services they could offer to classroom groups could be extremely valuable if they had additional funding. As of now, there is a small number of dedicated staff members working on marketing, fundraising, maintenance and the facilitation of group visits. I would love to see MV reach its full potential as an educational resource that offers a hands-on experience to 1800's daily life. Themes related to social studies and science are plentiful. As children become more technology savvy, the importance of knowing how technology has impacted our history and will continue to impact our development as a nation, MV has the ability to make some abstract concepts very tangible and exciting for young minds.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

person. As a visitor, volunteer and educator.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the suggestions I noted in the review.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Museum Village,

Thank you for being there.

It is always a pleasure visiting the Village especially when we bring our
younger grandchildren who so much enjoy the exhibits.

Where else could they step back in time and actually experience
life as it was when eggs came from chickens, not supermarkets.
Even I had never seen a working blacksmith or a broom being
made from scratch. Everytime I visit I discover something I didn't see the last time. Your collections are mind boggling and who could forget Harry the Masterdon!

I am especially looking forward to the Civil War battle re-enactment
again this year...hopefully the Union will win again.

You folks are to be congratulated for your hard work and dedication
keeping this gem alive. I hope it will be there when my grand-
children bring thier children. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Ted Buonocore, Haverstraw, NY

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoy exhibits and special events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increse scope of snow removal so cars can be parked more conveniently

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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy going back to Museum Village every year because it reminds me of the hardship that was faced by people in that time. The winter without heat, Chopping wood not to have in a pretty fire but for survival. Cooking foods over inside fires and the hours it would take to prepare a meal. Not 3 meals a day but One hot meal a day if you were lucky. How storage of every item had to be thought out. Growing your own garden and sharing the surplu with friends and neighbors.
The simpole life as it is sometimes called was never that simple, but time was taken off to celebrate and the meaning of celebration was not to see who got the best or most expensive toy. But something from the heart,

Go through the Village and set your mind to a person from that era. Now take your self through a day of activities that you would do today and see how they were done then. Is it difficult easy or how were they even capable to do things like that. OH yes No car, No IPOD, No eletricity, No A/c or heat, No cell and no telephone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Civil war enactment, Scouts weekend

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more outside assistance from local group to improve the grounds

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love to take my children to the Civil War re-enactment held every summer at Museum Village. It also houses great examples of local farming and industrial history for Orange County, New York.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

great educational opportunities on local history

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more farm animals

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