Potsdam Public Museum

2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-265-6910

Potsdam Public Museum


The Potsdam Public Museum is a non-profit educational institution. As such, it strives to collect, preserve, study and exhibit artifacts and materials relating to the history of Potsdam, NY, and the surrounding area.

The Museum, founded in 1940, is a department of the Village of Potsdam, with policy governed by an independent board of trustees. Its extensive collections span the history of the Village and include 18th-20th Century decorative arts collected by area residents.

Potsdam Public Museum is a member of the Northern New York Library Network.


Burnap Collection of English Pottery and Porcelain

A collection exemplifying of english pottery dating between 1790 and 1860.

Church Buildings

A collection of photographs of churches located in and around Potsdam, New York

Early History of Potsdam

This collection consists of images of prominent buildings, people, and other items relating to the early history of Potsdam, New York

Horse Drawn Transportation in Potsdam

A collection of photographs of horse drawn wagons and carts in Potsdam, New York.

Potsdam Fire Department

A collection of photographs of firefighters, fires, and firefighting vehicles in the Potsdam area.

Potsdam in the 1940s

A collection of photographs and pamphlets relating to Potsdam during the 1940s.

The Automobile in Potsdam

A collection of photographs of automobiles in Potsdam, New York