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A dark and eerie night at GCV&M awaits...

This year's theme is vampires. The village is overrun with vampires of all types and from every corner of the world. Each scene depicts a different folklore story or a dramatic retelling of a real event! Vampire hunts, the dark arts, an insane asylum and more await you at this year’s Spirits of the Past!

This special evening program is different from a typical visit to the museum. Using the Historic Village as its canvas, costumed tour guides will lead guests by candlelight through the darker recesses of the village. You'll experience original tales adapted from historical accounts and folklore, and re-discover eerie literary classics that held Western New York in suspense some 150 years ago. This year the Museum is overrun with vampires of all types as depicted in eight theatrical vignettes.


In order for our guests to best enjoy this theatrical experience, the Museum and our talented cast request the following:


Please be advised that this is a 75-minute guided walking tour and as such it is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Be prepared to walk/stand for the tour's entirety; comfortable shoes are recommended, and please dress for the weather (rain or shine). ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE (please be prudent when purchasing tickets; they are for a specific day and time ONLY!).


NEW THIS YEAR! Tours designated for those with mobility issues and those requiring an ASL interpreter!

This year, we have included specialty tours for those that may need a little extra help!

On Thursday, October 17, there will be a tour departing at 5:15pm for guests that may have mobility issues and would need a little extra time getting around.
On Friday, October 18, there will be a tour departing at 5:30pm that will have ASL interpreters for any deaf or hard of hearing guests that would like to enjoy this event.

There is still availability for both of these tours! To make a reservation for either of these tours, please email or call the Program Registrar at 585-294-8218.

Fortify Yourself for the Evening Ahead!

Tickets can be purchased at the door!

Brace yourself for the frights that await, or soothe your goosebumps after the tour with our comfort food buffet 5-9pm

Buffet Dinner Menu:

Grilled chicken (A black bean burger may be substituted for those with dietary restrictions)
Beef Chili
Mac & Cheese
Baked Potato Bar
(Sour cream, bacon bits, onions, steamed broccoli, roasted veg, cheese & butter)
Apple crisp

$15 per person, No discounts
Reserve your seat for the buffet here. Tickets for the buffet may also be purchased at the door.

Lighter refreshments available for purchase, including cookies & donuts at the Snack Bar in the Banquet & Conference Center throughout the evening. A cash bar will be open for hot cider, wine, beer, coffee, and hard cider as well.

To purchase buffet tickets now, click here!

Spend the night just down the road from the Museum!

Traveling a long way to visit for Spirits of the Past? Stay the night and get 10% off at Genesee Country Inn, right down the street from the Museum.

Check them out here!

$25 Per Person / $23 GCV&M Member

(Members must first log in to receive the discounted ticket price, which will then be automatically reflected. Please click here to access the member login page.


All tour times for Friday, October 18 (excluding the 5:30 ASL tour) & Saturday, October 19 have sold out! Buffet tickets are still available and may also be purchased at the door.

Please select the date of your tour below:

Thursday, October 17 Friday, October 18 (Sold Out) Saturday, October 19 (Sold Out) Sunday, October 20