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Seneca Art & Culture Center
More than a Building... A Dream Coming True
“The Seneca Art & Culture Center takes Ganondagan from a six-month operation to a year-round facility. Our goal is to tell the world that we are not a people in the past tense. We live today. We have adapted to the modern world, but we still maintain our language, ceremonies, land base, government, lineages and culture. When you’re a native person, your story is often told by other people. Here, we tell our own story.”
G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan, Seneca)
Historic Site Manager, Ganondagan State Historic Site
- Designed to fit into the natural landscape, the 17,300 sq.-ft. The center features an interactive, multi-media Exhibit Gallery, Orientation Theater (featuring the Iroquois Creation Story Film), an Auditorium, Catering Kitchen, Gift Shop and Offices.
- Our interactive, multi-media exhibit gallery presents the story of Ganondagan with changing exhibits about the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people through five centuries of artistic, cultural, and historical artifacts.
- Roll-out theater seating in the auditorium provides flexibility for events, performances, and exhibits, including availability for community use.
The Ganondagan Experience:
- Interactive, multimedia exhibits
- Orientation Theater featuring, Iroquois Creation Story film
- Gift Shop
- Seneca Bark Longhouse
- Gardens featuring traditional Seneca and Haudenosaunee plants
Tucked into the hill and set East to West within the surrounding vegetation to minimize its visual and environmental impact, the Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan transforms the visitor experience!
The Seneca Art & Culture Center fulfills a vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility at Ganondagan telling the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day.
The Seneca Art & Culture Center responds year round to the diverse interests of Native peoples, art collectors, regional, national, and international tourists, students of all ages, researchers, teachers, families, historians, lacrosse enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in Native cultures.