The small town of Bolivar is located in the Western part of New York. Though it currently only has a population of just above 1,000, the town played a major role for the state in the oil boom of the late 1800s. In fact, for a brief period in the 1880s, Bolivar was considered to be the richest town in all of America—per capita, that is. If you want to take a deeper look into this period of New York history, then a visit to the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York is a must. It’s a candidate for the best small town museum in New York State.

If you want to spend a day at the best small town museum in New York, and also learn a lot about the history of the region, then a trip to the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York is for you. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and then from 10 a.m. to. 3 p.m. on Saturdays. You can contact the museum directly if you would like to schedule a tour. While you are the Western New York are, it is definitely worth checking out Malek’s Brighton Bakery and the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel.

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