Le Roy, New York: Jell-o MuseumEveryone's favorite gelatinous treat was concocted in Le Roy in 1897.
- 23 E. Main St., Le Roy, NY
- I-90/New York State Thruway exit 47. South on Hwy 19/Lake Rd into Le Roy, then left (east) three blocks on Hwy 5/Main St. to the Museum.
- M-Sa 10-4, Su 1-4 (Call to verify)
- Adults $4.50
Visitor Tips and News About Jell-o Museum
A fabulous, kitschy museum where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about the jiggly dessert. History includes stories about how Jello was the first product marketed door-to-door, had the longest running spokesman, and other interesting facts! A worthy stop on the way to Niagara Falls.[50 StateTraveler, 10/05/2010]
The museum charges admission now, but somewhat reasonable given the size of it. The transportation exhibit in the basement is sponsored by the local historical society and is comparable to the rest of the museum. A local high school girl gave us a brief presentation at the beginning of the museum and shared the history of Jell-O. Also new is the painted Le Roy cow with the Jell-O girl on the side. I'm thinking they need a little sampling table with "Jell-O of the day."[Kim, 07/10/2010]
What a fun place. Lots of Jell-O related memorabilia: Old Jell-O TV commercials play on a TV they have set up, original paintings from print ads from back in the '20s and '30s. There is even an old "gelometer" to view, a device that measures the gel quality of the gelatin.
In the basement of the building is an exhibit of old sleighs, carts, bikes and an old Cadillac. Great gift shop, too.
The house next door was owned by one of the founding fathers of Le Roy, NY and you can tour it too! This stop was well worth the two hours we visited![Cris Swanlund, 10/19/2008]
The museum has only a small sign marking the entrance, so you have to watch carefully for it. Follow the sign around back to find parking. We only had time for a quick visit (arrived 10 minutes before closing). But there were a number of really neat parts to the exhibit that I wish we'd had more time to review.
Still no Jell-O for sale in the gift shop though![Heather Casey, 01/16/2008]
This is the Mecca for Jell-O lovers. It's a well done museum displaying the history of Jell-O. Molds, toys, baseball cards, cookbooks, etc. promoting Jell-O. In the back they have a TV playing all the old Jello commercials. They really like Bill Cosby. Oddly enough, the gift shop had no Jell-O to buy.[Mark Moriarty, 07/29/2005]