The museum was founded by Franklin Pember who was born and raised in Granville, New York. He collected natural history and cultural objects throughout his life from New York and around the world.
The museum has pulled artifacts from its collection storage to create Tribal Diversity, an exhibit featuring Native American collections, Alaskan Aleut, Asmat tribe of New Guinea and loan items of the Maasai from Africa. Visitors will not only be able to view these extraordinary pieces, but learn about them and the cultures which created them. The information presented has been researched by National Honor Society students from Granville High School exclusively for the Pember.
A slide presentation is available for viewing and visitors will be able to take home a sheet of American Indian Beadwork Patterns.