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.
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.