The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will reopen at 12 noon on Saturday, July 3, returning to operation after closing for all of 2020 and the spring of 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Museum will be open from noon to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. The Museum is located at 61 Main Street in Dresden, New York.
The facility has been newly equipped with HEPA air filtration on each floor to protect visitors and staff. It has also been fitted with energy-saving LED lighting throughout.
The Museum commemorates the life and legacy of Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899), the famous attorney, Civil War hero, and controversial lecturer who was born in the house on August 11, 1833. Exhibits explore the life and times of Ingersoll (known as “The Great Agnostic”), the freethought movement of which he was the greatest celebrity, and local history of the Dresden area. Suggested admission is $8.00.
The Museum is operated by the Council for Secular Humanism (Amherst, New York), a program of the Center for Inquiry, a national nonprofit organization. Aside from the pandemic, it has been open to the public every summer and fall since 1993.