Current and Past Exhibitions

The Mansion House has permanent and changing exhibits. Additionally, there are a number of period rooms open to museum guests including a sleeping room, a sitting room, the Community's library, and the nursery kitchen. 

Current Exhibtions

Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings features large architectural drawings ­ – plans, elevations and renderings – which resulted in the 1862 and 1870 buildings designed by Erastus Hamilton and the 1878 addition designed by Lewis W. Leeds.

These architectural drawings show how building designs evolved and were altered by the Community client. These drawings help to clarify how architecture arose out of and facilitated the collective life of the Oneida Community.

Sometime after 1926, many of the original architectural drawings for the Oneida Community buildings were placed in storage in the central offices of Oneida Community Ltd. Those drawings remained hidden until 2014, when curators re-discovered them – somewhat worse for wear and age – in the storage rooms formerly used by Oneida Ltd. The drawings were professionally conserved, enabling us to view the drawings once again more than 150 years after drafting pens were first put to paper.

Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings is made possible with support from the Ralph Myron Sayer and Sophrona Davis Sayer Endowment Fund and from EveryWare Global Inc.

Permanent Exhibitions

The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley. Trace the roots of Kinsley’s art to childhood experience with textile work in the Oneida Community and to formal art training from Kenneth Hayes Miller, an influential figure in twentieth-century American art. The presentation featuring exquisite silk braidings and paintings explores Kinsley's themes and the significance of her achievement. What began as rug decoration evolved, during the 1910s, into a new painterly art form and her fusion of tapestry and illustrated manuscript exemplified the American Craftsman aesthetic (ca 1910-1925). (Suggested donation $2)

Oneida Game Traps, 1852-1925: The Edward J. Knobloch Collection. An installation featuring a representative selection of traps sold by the Oneida company under the names Newhouse and Victor and still considered the world's best. The exhibit contains more than fifty types of traps and illustrates how local trap-making began with the Oneida Community (1848-1880), a famous experiment in utopian living.

Past Exhibitions

Oneida Silverware Ads by Coles Phillips, 1911-1924

Oneida Community Women in the Material World

John Humphrey Noyes: Pictured and Described

The Design and Promotion of Lady Hamilton Tableware: 1932 – 1954