ARTISANworks entrance

93 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 fabulous museums—incredible!—but now it’s time to explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums.

National Comedy Center
Things to do around Rochester NY: Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo
Lucy-Desi Museum

Conventional, just out of town:

  1. National Comedy Center + Lucy-Desi Museum
  2. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  3. Explore & More Children’s Museum
  4. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  5. Buffalo Museum of Science
  6. Museum of Science and Technology
  7. Museum of the Earth
  8. Sciencecenter
  9. The Buffalo History Museum
  10. Everson Museum of Art
  11. Ferguson Planetarium
  12. UB Anderson Gallery
  13. Arnot Art Museum
  14. Corning Museum of Glass
  15. New Deal Gallery
  16. The Rockwell Museum
Genesee Country Village gathering hall
Genesee Country Village and Museum
Fort Ontario
Fort Ontario
Old Fort Niagara State Park New York
Old Fort Niagara

Living History Museums around Rochester

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

Less-known in the Rochester Area

  1. ARTISANworks
  2. Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  3. Art Museum of Rochester
Art Museum of Rochester
Art Museum of Rochester, Monroe Ave

Unconventional collection museums around Rochester

  1. Brain Museum at the University at Buffalo
  2. Lackawanna Steel Museum
  3. Jell-O Gallery
  4. Rochester Medical Museum & Archives
  5. The Peppermint Museum
  6. All Things Oz Museum
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum
  8. Salt Museum
Arcade and Attica Railroad Depot
Arcade and Attica Railroad Depot
Sam Patch interior
On board the Sam Patch
Geneseo Air Show paratroopers safety check
National Warplane Museum

Transportation & Innovation museums around Rochester

  1. Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
  2. Herschell Carrousel Factory
  3. Salamanca Rail Museum
  4. Buffalo Transportation Piece Arrow Museum
  5. Edgerton Model Railroad Room
  6. Sam Patch Erie Canal Boat Tours
  7. Finger Lakes Boating Museum
  8. Sims’ Museum
  9. Arcade & Attica Railroad
  10. Medina Railroad Museum
  11. New York Museum of Transportation
  12. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
  13. Niagara Aerospace Museum
  14. Hornell Erie Depot Museum and Toy Soldier Museum
  15. Rochester Auto Museum
  16. National Warplane Museum
  17. Antique Wireless Museum
  18. Niagara Power Vista
  19. Glenn Curtiss Museum
  20. National Soaring Museum
  21. Erie Canal Museum
  22. Martisco Station Museum
  23. Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum
  24. Erie Canal Discovery Center
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Stone-Tolan House
Susan B Anthony House typewriter
Susan B Anthony’s home

Historic Places

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate
  3. Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
  4. High Falls Center & Interpretive Museum
  5. Ganondagan Historic Site
  6. Clara Barton House
  7. Seward House & Museum
  8. Corning’s Gaffer District
  9. National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
  10. Letchworth Museums
  11. Millard Fillmore House
  12. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum
  13. Holland Land Office Museum
  14. Livingston County Historical Society Museum
  15. Historic Palmyra
  16. Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area
  17. Lewiston Historical Association
  18. Women’s Rights National Historic Park
  19. National Women’s Hall of Fame
  20. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum
  21. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
  22. Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center
  23. Emily L. Knapp Museum
  24. Fairport Historical Museum
  25. Hoffman Clock Museum
  26. Stickley Museum
  27. Military History Society of Rochester
  28. Webster Museum
  29. Stone-Tolan House
  30. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
  31. Harriet Tubman Home
  32. Seneca Iroquois Museum
  33. Witter Agriculture Museum
  34. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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