Welcome to The Lawson Center

L.S. Aero Marine, the boat sales store and marina at 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point, NY sold boats directly from Christopher Columbus Smith before Chris-Craft Corporation even existed. The historic building is now an exciting museum with exhibits and activities for the whole family.

Hibernating for the COVID-19 Duration

Like everybody else, we're not sure when we will be able to open.  But.....  the most important thing is the health and safety of our members, visitors, volunteers and staff.  We are continuing to work from home on projects that can be done remotely.  Some designated people go to the museum only for specific tasks and they maintain strict social distancing protocols.  When this virus is defeated -- and it will be -- The Lawson Center will re-open with new exhibits to entertain and enlighten you. Stay safe...stay home.

Give Big Chautauqua - June 1 through June 11

Support The Lawson Center and help us fulfill our mission for you and the community

Click the Give Big Chautauqua button to get to our GBC special donation page. 
(The button goes live on June 1st)

Triple your gift:  Two of our Trustees have pledged to match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 each.  



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