Accessibility Updates for the Oriskany Museum
The Oriskany Museum is currently seeking funding to improve accessibility to our building at 420 Utica Street.
Updates will chiefly include improving the building's wheelchair ramp to the latest ADA compliance to better serve our patrons, which include community members, tourists, and veterans. It would also install push-button open doors and cover minor updates to our restroom facilities, such as braille signage and infant changing tables.
Former Navy personnel from the USS Oriskany travel from all over the country to visit the Oriskany Museum, which displays artifacts from the aircraft carrier alongside displays on local history. Just outside the museum rests the ship's starboard anchor, which serves as a memorial to those lost in the 1966 fire onboard the Mighty O.
The Oriskany Museum serves members of the community from all backgrounds and age groups. The building houses the community’s historical resources and also supports community events such as the village’s annual Memorial Day ceremony and the weekly summer farmers market.
The Oriskany Museum plans to honor several important anniversaries in the upcoming years and is preparing for a sharp increase in visitorship. These anniversaries include:
June 2025: 200th anniversary of General Lafayette's visit to Oriskany during his Farewell Tour
July 2026: America250 celebrations
August 2027: 250th commemoration of the Battle of Oriskany
The total project cost is estimated to be $120,000.