ARTISANworks entrance

90 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.

Museums around Rochester - Sonnenberg Gardens exterior
Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua

Conventional, just out of town:

  1. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  2. Explore & More Children’s Museum
  3. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  4. Buffalo Museum of Science
  5. Museum of Science and Technology
  6. Museum of the Earth
  7. Sciencecenter
  8. The Buffalo History Museum
  9. Everson Museum of Art
  10. Ferguson Planetarium
  11. UB Anderson Gallery
  12. Arnot Art Museum
  13. Corning Museum of Glass
  14. Livingston Arts Center
  15. The Rockwell Museum
Genesee Country Village gathering hall
Genesee Country Village and Museum

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

Lesser-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

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. Sims’ Museum
  8. Arcade & Attica Railroad
  9. Medina Railroad Museum
  10. New York Museum of Transportation
  11. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
  12. Niagara Aerospace Museum
  13. Hornell Erie Depot Museum and Toy Soldier Museum
  14. Rochester Auto Museum
  15. National Warplane Museum
  16. Antique Wireless Museum
  17. Niagara Power Vista
  18. Glenn Curtiss Museum
  19. National Soaring Museum
  20. Erie Canal Museum
  21. Martisco Station Museum
  22. Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum
  23. Erie Canal Discovery Center
VIP Pass: Stone Tolan House
Stone-Tolan House

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. Historic Palmyra
  15. Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area
  16. Lewiston Historical Association
  17. Women’s Rights National Historic Park
  18. National Women’s Hall of Fame
  19. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum
  20. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
  21. Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center
  22. Emily L. Knapp Museum
  23. Fairport Historical Museum
  24. Hoffman Clock Museum
  25. Stickley Museum
  26. Military History Society of Rochester
  27. Webster Museum
  28. Stone-Tolan House
  29. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
  30. Harriet Tubman Home
  31. Seneca Iroquois Museum
  32. Witter Agriculture Museum
  33. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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