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JELL-O Gallery Museum

585-768-7433
23 E. Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482

Hours of Operation

 

January 1-March 31: Call ahead
April 1-December 31: Mon- Sat: 10am- 4pm, Sun: 1pm- 4pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter.

Follow the JELL-O brick road, past the Victorian garden, to the JELL-O Gallery and see where it all began!  JELL-O was invented here in Genesee County in 1897 and this museum is dedicated to all things JELL-O, including the history and marketing of "America's Most Famous Dessert."  Marvel over the ads, TV commercials, molds, paintings and displays filled with fun facts!  Don't forget to stop by the museum shop for unique JELL-O themed souvenirs!

Just below the JELL-O Gallery is over 100 years of transportation history in the Transportation Exhibit "A Century of Dust, Ruts and Macadam".

Don’t miss an opportunity to discover one of Western New York’s historic towns- only five minutes from exit 47 of the New York State Thruway.

Admission is $5.50

Kids 12 and under $1.50

Under 5 yrs.: free

 

Why is there a Jell-O Museum in LeRoy?  Because in 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter from LeRoy, registered the Jell-O trademark for a gelatin dessert.  It was not the first flavored gelatin, but it soon became America’s Most Famous Dessert through aggressive advertising and promotion.  Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and Rose O’Neill were just some of the artists who created clever illustrations promoting Jell-O. But P.B. Wait did not become a millionaire.  In 1899, he sold the rights to the trademark to a LeRoy businessman, Orator Woodward for $450.  Discover the rest of the story at the Jell-O Museum. And while visiting the Museum, which is owned by the LeRoy Historical Society, you can also explore some of the other LeRoy oddities-  Why was Henry Ford arrested in LeRoy?  Why is there a Statue of Liberty on the creek?  Where are the 100 barn quilts?  Where is the 100-ton steam shovel that is on the National Register of Historic Places?  And who is Jacob LeRoy and why isn’t the town named for him?

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