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Ganondagan

Groups & Guided Tours

Group Tours of the Seneca Art & Culture Center and Seneca Bark Longhouse are available to schools and other student or adult groups. Ganondagan tours provide experiential learning opportunities for all ages in ways that books and lectures cannot compare. Experience historical and contemporary Seneca and Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Iroquois) culture and values and learn about the important history of Ganondagan.​

Booking Information

  • Group tours must be made (at least) two weeks in advance
  • 10-person group minimum
  • All reservations must include a signed NYS Tour Agreement and be accompanied by a 50% deposit or purchase order payable to Ganondagan State Historic Site (to confirm and hold the date).
  • Please call early to book your reservation

Schedule Your Group Tour

Please contact Evon Cesar
Phone: (585) 924-5848 or (585) 398-6151
Email: evon.cesar@parks.ny.gov 

Spring Tour Reservations - begin on January 2
Fall Tour Reservations - begin on April 1


November-April Group Tour Programs

Your group admission includes a two-hour program consisting of:

Creation Story Film- This award-winning film was based off the Iroquois Creation Story as told by Chief John Arthur Gibson.  Told through a combination of animation and dance, the film portrays the story of Sky Woman and the creation of Turtle Island. (Film is 16 minutes long)

Gallery Tour- Our Native American Interpreters will guide your group for a formal tour of the gallery. The Gallery contains important artifacts and reproductions which tell the trade story, the attack of the French, a large town model of 17th century Ganondagan, lifestyles then and now, the importance of Wampum and learn about Hodinöhsö:ni’ women's contributions to American society in our newest exhibit: Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation.

And one of the following options:

Cornhusk Doll Workshop- Students will hear the story of the cornhusk doll and have the opportunity to make their own doll to take home with them. (Available November 1-April 30)

Indoor Games- Students will get to play a “fireside” game played in the wintertime by Hodinöhsö:ni’ people, Gasgë’ëhse:ta’ (Deer Buttons). This game is played by two or more players and is played by throwing the deer buttons on a table or mat trying to get them to land in specific combinations similar to Yahtzee. Score is kept using dried beans and the team with the most beans wins the game!  Students will also have the opportunity to play an indoor version of Hoop & Javelin! In this “Nerf” style game students throw a javelin at a moving hoop, attempting to get their javelin tip through the center of the hoop. (Available November 1-April 30)

Storytelling- Listen to a session of traditional stories with Ganondagan’s talented Native American Interpreters.

Group Admissions

Group tour admission        

year-round fee

Adults - $6
Seniors – $5
Students (5 yrs.- College) - $5


May- October Group Tour Program

Your group admission includes a two-hour program consisting of three activities:

Creation Story Film- This award-winning film was based off the Iroquois Creation Story as told by Chief John Arthur Gibson.  Told through a combination of animation and dance, the film portrays the story of Sky Woman and the creation of Turtle Island. (Film is 16 minutes long)

Gallery Tour- Our Native American Interpreters will guide your group for a formal tour of the gallery. The Gallery contains important artifacts and reproductions which tell the trade story, the attack of the French, a large town model of 17th century Ganondagan, lifestyles then and now, the importance of Wampum and learn about Hodinöhsö:ni’ women's contributions to American society in our newest exhibit: Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation.

Bark Longhouse - Travel back in time to see the way Seneca people lived over 350 years ago.  See the everyday tools, clothing and lifestyles of the Seneca people in the 17th century. A Native American Interpreter will be with your group for a formal presentation in the Longhouse. (Only Available May 1- October 31)

Extend Your Day at Ganondagan

For an additional per student fee your day at Ganondagan can be extended! Each program option is a 45 minute session that can be added to your program. We have lunch space available if you would like to break the day up.

Trail of Peace Walk – Walk this grassland trail with a Native American Interpreter guide and learn the history of what happened here at the village site in the 1600’s. (Only Available May 1- October 31)

Earth is Our Mother – Walk along this wooded trail with a Native American Interpreter guide and learn the importance of the trees and plants long ago and still today. (Only Available May 1- October 31)

Longball – Break into teams and play a traditional Hodinöhsö:ni’ game that is similar to Baseball and Dodgeball combined. (Only Available May 1- October 31)

Storytelling- Enjoy a session traditional storytelling as told by our talented Native American Interpreters.

Group Admission

Group tour admission        

year-round fee

Adults - $6
Seniors – $5
Students (5 yrs.- College) - $5