Civic Center, 2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 265-6910

About Us

basic information: location, hours, access, membership

Archives and Library

Potsdam Public Museum Archives

History of Potsdam

Documents & Museum Publications

Sandstone Map

Interactive map showing the sandstone industry, buildings, sidewalks, foundations, bridges, dams and architectural structures. Includes a timeline.

Potsdam Sandstone

The Origin of Potsdam Sandstone includes geological information by James Carl, professor emeritus at SUNY Potsdam. The Sandstone Time Line Illustrated includes images from the archives and dates of construction and types of construction. The Heritage Map will identify the locations of existing buildings, lost buildings, bridges, dams, and other uses. It will also show sandstone sidewalks, foundations and quarry locations to the best of our knowledge. There are also images from the Potsdam Sandstone festival 2009,'10 and '12.


View Current Exhibitions, Recent Exhibitions and Exhibition Schedule.

Historical Maps

Maps from the museum collections. Great for research and time-lines. Provided in PDF format for multiple browser compatibility and enhancement.


Our museum is an educational institution that strives to make our collections accessible to the public to make history come alive! We offer tours to area schools and interested groups for our holiday exhibit each December. In the spring we offer a Spinning and Weaving Program, and in the fall, the Potsdam Sandstone Festival. There are teacher kits available to sign out that are made up of artifacts that can be used in the classroom.

  • Teacher Kits:   The museum has circulated teacher kits to area schools for over thirty years. We are currently working to update, inventory, and digitize the kits. If you are a retired teacher, love technology and would like to volunteer - we need your help. Give us a ca
  • Spinning-Weaving:   Annual Spinning and Weaving program to area 4th graders.
  • School Tours December 2012:   Group photographs of the event and children.

Civil War

A collection of publications, photographs, enlistments, muster out records, diaries, artifacts and related information about the people of Potsdam who served in the civil war and reference material donated or purchased.

Friends of The Museum

Describes the Friends of the Potsdam Museum organization, membership information, address and contact information, board members


Links to cemetery records, genealogy resources, arts organizations and other useful websites!

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