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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 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. National Comedy Center + Lucy-Desi Museum
  2. Museum of the Earth
  3. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  4. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  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. 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
Giant Book of Mormon Hill Cumorah
Giant Book of Mormon on Hill Cumorah

Living History Museums around Rochester

  1. Genesee Country Village & Museum
  2. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  3. Old Fort Niagara
  4. Historic Fort Ontario
  5. Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
  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
  4. Link Gallery at City Hall
public wall art Lyons peppermint oil
Peppermint Museum

Unconventional collection museums around Rochester

  1. Rochester Medical Museum & Archives
  2. Brain Museum at the University at Buffalo
  3. Lackawanna Steel Museum
  4. Jell-O Gallery and Historic LeRoy House
  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
  2. New York Museum of Transportation
  3. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
  4. Sam Patch Erie Canal Boat Tours
  5. Rochester Auto Museum
  6. 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
  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
  20. Erie Canal Discovery Center
VIP Pass: Stone Tolan House
Stone-Tolan House
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River museum taxi
High Falls Museum
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. High Falls Center & Interpretive Museum
  3. Rochester Historical Society
  4. Greece Historical Society & Museum
  5. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum
  6. Perinton Historical Society’s Fairport Historical Museum
  7. Historic Pittsford
  8. Gates Historical Society
  9. Military History Society of Rochester
  10. Webster Museum
  11. Stone-Tolan House
  12. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
  13. Irondequoit Pioneer House
  14. Honeoye Falls & Town of Mendon Historical Society
  15. Hervey Ely House
Foster Cottage Museum
Foster Cottage Museum
Seward House
Seward House
Womens Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls NY
Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY

Historic Places Outside Monroe County

  1. Ganondagan Historic Site
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex
  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?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


2 thoughts on “100+ Other Museums Around Rochester”

  1. Please see http://www.waynehistorians.org. 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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