I love all of the small, off-the-grid little museums which dot the landscape of Upstate New York.  I enjoy them so much I wrote a book about them once, The Unknown Museums of Upstate New York (Syracuse University Press).  While the bigger museums tell much grander stories (history of baseball, cars and trains, glass, Erie Canal, etc.), these smaller ones fill in the spaces to complete the wonderful puzzle that is Upstate New York.

On this list you will find some real gems, that beg for you to pull over stop, and go inside.  Did you know that we have not only the largest cheese museum in the country, but also one of only three cheese museums in the whole world?  it's on the list.  I love the clock museum we highlight.  It is the result of one man's passion.  His private collection of all kinds of antique clocks can be found in a special wing of a small public library in Wayne County.  It is neat!  When it came time to research a museum to coverlets, my thought (and maybe yours) was, "what the heck is a coverlet."  Was I surprised.  It ended up being one of the most beautiful (and my favorite) museum in teh book.

And stick around for #10 in this gallery.  I really don't know what to say about it, but check it out.  I've been there.  It is unbelievable!

Are These the 10 Quirkiest Museums in Upstate New York? Take a Look!

I love these odd, quirky little museums that seem to pop up all over Upstate New York. They are so worth a half hour of your time to stop, explore, listen to the docents, and learn about some of the most fascinating facts about our region. For example, did you know that more wooden hand-carved painted carrousels were made in Western New York than in all the other factories in the U.S. combined? The museum is on this list. Did you know that there is a special museum located in the heart of the Catskills that relates to an ancient fishing sport? The museum is on the list. Did you know that one of only three cheese museums in the world in up here? It is on the list. Take a peek. You might learn something here!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

These 11 Upstate New York Fish Hatcheries Are Awesome Places to Visit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation runs a dozen fish hatcheries in the Empire State. There are other smaller ones, too. These fish hatcheries are totally amazing places to visit. Each of the hatcheries on this list welcomes visitors of all ages (click on the links to find visiting details). For more information on these fantastic places visit the DEC website. Some of those on this list also have videos showing what they do. If you have never visited a fish hatchery before you are in for a treat!!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

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