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100+ Other Museums Around Rochester

We’re all familiar with the big four museums around Rochester: Rochester Museum and Science Center, The Strong National Museum of Play, George Eastman Museum, and the Memorial Art Gallery.

Those are exceptional museums—incredible!—but now it’s time to explore some out-of-town, lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums, plus historic sites. I think you’ll find them fascinating.

National Comedy Center
Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea Garden
Sonnenberg Gardens
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca NY
Museum of the Earth
Japanese Gardens Buffalo path
Buffalo History Museum

Conventional, just out of town:

  1. Museum of the Earth
    [view our guide]
  2. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
    [view our guide]
  3. Albright-Knox Art Gallery (closed for construction until 2022)
    [view our guide]
  4. National Comedy Center + Lucy-Desi Museum
  5. Explore & More Children’s Museum
  6. Buffalo Museum of Science
  7. Museum of Science and Technology
  8. Sciencecenter
  9. The Buffalo History Museum
  10. Everson Museum of Art
  11. UB Anderson Gallery
  12. Arnot Art Museum
  13. Corning Museum of Glass
  14. New Deal Gallery
  15. The Rockwell Museum
Genesee Country Village cooking fire
Genesee Country Village
Fort Ontario
Fort Ontario
Old Fort Niagara State Park New York
Old Fort Niagara

Living History Museums around Rochester

  1. Genesee Country Village & Museum
    [view our guide]
  2. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  3. Old Fort Niagara
    [view our guide]
  4. Historic Fort Ontario
  5. Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
  6. Newtown Battlefield
  7. Ward O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center
ARTISANworks exterior

Less-known in the Rochester Area

  1. ARTISANworks
    [view our guide]
  2. Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  3. Art Museum of Rochester
  4. Link Gallery at City Hall
JELL-O Museum
JELL-O Museum

Unconventional collection museums around Rochester

  1. Jell-O Gallery and Historic LeRoy House
  2. Rochester Medical Museum & Archives
  3. Brain Museum at the University at Buffalo
  4. Lackawanna Steel Museum
  5. The Peppermint Museum
  6. All Things Oz Museum
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum
  8. Salt Museum
Edgerton Model Railroad autumn display
Edgerton Model Railroad
Sam Patch interior
On board the Sam Patch
Midtown Monorail
Monorail cars at NYMT
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum

Transportation & Innovation in Monroe County

  1. Edgerton Model Railroad Room
    [view our guide]
  2. New York Museum of Transportation
    [view our guide]
  3. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
    [view our guide]
  4. Sam Patch Erie Canal Boat Tours
    [view our guide]
  5. Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum
Arcade and Attica Railroad Depot
Arcade and Attica Railroad Depot
Salamanca Station
Salamanca Station
Geneseo Air Show paratroopers safety check
National Warplane Museum
Power Vista
Power Vista

Transportation & Innovation outside Monroe County

  1. Arcade & Attica Railroad
    [view our guide]
  2. Niagara Power Vista
  3. Glenn Curtiss Museum
  4. Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
  5. Herschell Carrousel Factory
  6. Salamanca Rail Museum
  7. Buffalo Transportation Piece Arrow Museum
  8. Finger Lakes Boating Museum
  9. Sims’ Museum
  10. Medina Railroad Museum
  11. Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
  12. Camillus Erie Canal Park
  13. Niagara Aerospace Museum
  14. Hornell Erie Depot Museum and Toy Soldier Museum
  15. National Warplane Museum
  16. Antique Wireless Museum
  17. National Soaring Museum
  18. Erie Canal Museum
  19. Martisco Station Museum and Central Square Station Museum
  20. Erie Canal Discovery Center
VIP Pass: Stone Tolan House
Stone-Tolan House
Tinker Homestead cobblestone
Tinker Homestead
Susan B Anthony House typewriter
Susan B Anthony’s home
Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

History Museums in Monroe County

  1. National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
  2. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
  3. Stone-Tolan House
  4. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum
  5. Rochester Historical Society
  6. Greece Historical Society & Museum
  7. Perinton Historical Society’s Fairport Historical Museum
  8. Historic Pittsford
  9. Gates Historical Society
  10. Military History Society of Rochester
  11. Webster Museum
  12. Honeoye Falls & Town of Mendon Historical Society
  13. Hervey Ely House
Foster Cottage Museum
Foster Cottage Museum
Phelps Alling Coverlet Museum
Coverlet Museum
Womens Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls NY
Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Historic Places Outside Monroe County

  1. Ganondagan Historic Site
    [view our guide]
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
  3. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate
  4. Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
  5. Seneca Iroquois Museum
  6. Tonawanda Indian Reservation Historical Society
  7. Clara Barton House
  8. Valentown Hall
  9. Seward House & Museum
  10. Corning’s Gaffer District
  11. Letchworth Museums
  12. Millard Fillmore House
  13. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum
  14. Holland Land Office Museum
  15. Prouty-Chew House
  16. Ontario County Historical Society
  17. Oneida Community Mansion House
  18. Livingston County Historical Society Museum
  19. Museum of Wayne County (plus an incredible listing of 1000+ other Wayne County historic museums, societies and sites and several walking tours!)
  20. Hoffman Clock Museum
  21. East Bloomfield Historical Society
  22. Historic Palmyra (including the Alling Coverlet Museum, Print Shop, and Phelps General Store.)
  23. Ontario County Historical Society Museum
  24. Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area
  25. Lewiston Historical Association
  26. Women’s Rights National Historic Park
  27. National Women’s Hall of Fame
  28. Big Springs Museum
  29. Yates County History Center
  30. Pultneyville Historical Society
  31. Warsaw Historical Society
  32. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
  33. Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center
  34. Emily L. Knapp Museum
  35. Foster Cottage Museum
  36. Stickley Museum
  37. Harriet Tubman Home
  38. Witter Agriculture Museum
  39. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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Where are your favorite museums around Rochester?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.


2 thoughts on “100+ Other Museums Around Rochester”

  1. Please see This is a database of historic sites in Wayne County NY. You can search the database for “museums.” I notice that you have not listed the Wayne County Museum in Lyons, NY. There are several other smaller museums in Wayne County in addition to the 4 or 5 that you did list.

    Gene Bavis,
    Walworth Town Historian
    Co-Chair Wayne County Bicentennial Committee (1823-2023)

    1. Gene, thank you so much for taking the time to share the Wayne Historians website! This is such an impressive database. I added the Museum of Wayne County with an addition note to see the listing of historic sites. I found the tour maps so helpful and think they are perfect for encouraging folks to slow down and walk through our villages or drive through our countrysides.

      I also added a few more historical societies and museums to the list, and will continue to grow it as folks suggest more. Now it’s officially 100+ museums!

      I look forward to exploring more of Wayne County.

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