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Visitors views museum exhibits at the Oneida Community Mansion House


Current & 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. 

Permanent Exhibitions

The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley

Trace the roots of Kinsley’s art to a 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.

Newhouse Traps in an exhibit at the Oneida Community Mansion House Museum


Past Exhibitions

Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings 
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
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