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Aurora History Museum

The Aurora History Museum features American Indian artifacts from Aurora, personal possessions of the community’s earliest settlers, and items related to local industry and business. New and special exhibits will debut periodically, so please check back often to see another aspect of our community’s history.
The Rix Jennings murals, which chronologically tell the story of Aurora’s history, are on exhibit in the main corridor outside the town offices at the Municipal Center.

The exhibits of the Aurora History Museum, located outside the Historian's Office and presented in collaboration with the Aurora Historical Society, are open during Municipal Center hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

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To assist our guests in exploring the exhibits of the History Museum and inside the Historian’s Office, the exhibit labels are available for digital download and in a book on the table outside the Historian's Office door. Click below to download the labels.

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September 25, 2023 - January 26, 2024

With Our Compliments: 
A History of East Aurora Swag

Swag might be a modern term, but businesses have been giving away promotional products for more than a century. Collected in this special exhibit are just some of the East Aurora “swag” preserved in the archives of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office and in the collection of the Aurora Historical Society.

Local businesses seemed to never miss an opportunity, particularly at Christmastime, to offer a token of appreciation to their customers that just so happened to include the business’s name and/or logo: Everything from a spoon that served as a “stirring reminder” of Fox’s Delicatessen to calendars, pens, memo books, pocket mirrors, thermometers, yard sticks, rulers and matchbooks. In addition to offering free products, businesses also have a long history of adding their names to the merchandise.

This special display will be on view outside the Historian's Office at the Aurora Municipal Center, 575 Oakwood Avenue, through January 26, 2024. This and other historical exhibits may be viewed during regular Municipal Center hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

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