Rochester’s Greatest: The Top Museums in Rochester NY You Must Visit


A visit to Rochester is an opportunity not just to check out one of the most attraction-packed cities in the United States you may care to mention, but one of those most well served by excellent museums. Wherever you choose to stay – surely at one of the Rochester best hotels – you’ll be well served by some of the US’s top museums in Rochester NY…

The George Eastman Museum

george eastman museum

(900 East Avenue 14607)

Located actually on the estate of the legendary George Eastman, the innovator extraordinaire who pioneered the use photography and motion picture celluloid in the early 20th Century, this museum is dedicated to the man, one of Rochester’s finest sons – and no mistake. In fact, the venue itself is something of an historical site, having celebrated its 70th birthday last year; unsurprisingly, it’s the oldest museum dedicated to photography you’ll find anywhere on the globe, its collections offering an unparalleled glimpse into this fascinating field and its technology (as well as those of cinema), with stunning breadth and depth. Moreover, for many decades it’s led the charge in both photographic conservation and film preservation.

National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House

(17 Madison Street 14608-1928)

An utterly tireless campaigner for women’s suffrage – as well as gender equality (equal rights for women in many different forms) – Susan B. Anthony was another native of Rochester who grew to be a legend. A visit to this excellent venue (wonderfully not far away at all from many of the boutique hotels in Rochester NY) will showcase not just how it keeps the memory of her alive, but her vision too. A National Historic Landmark, the building contains a plethora of artifacts and research materials relevant to her life and work.

Rochester Museum and Science Center

(657 East Avenue 14607-2101)

Full of a wide variety of exhibits, demonstrations and activities on a daily basis, this family-focused museum undoubtedly brings to vivid, tangible life the world of science. Spread across three floors (with a café filling out the basement), perhaps its biggest draws are its flight- and submarine-simulator rides, for which you have to pay a small fee on top of the entry price. That said, it’s also well worth your time checking out the Mastodons exhibit (its contents having been dug up near the city), while another reveals the white European/ Native American historical relationship in Western New York and another still details the underground railway running through the city.

The Strong National Museum of Play

(1 Manhattan Square Drive 14607-3941)

Finally, this venue is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in the city of Rochester. Among the largest of all museums in the country (especially those committed to serving families), it’s dedicated completely to the history of play. How so? Well, it features the International Center for the History of Electronic Games; the National Toy Hall of Fame; the World Video Game Hall of Fame; the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play; the Woodbury School and the American Journal of Play. Taken together then, these diverse sections enable not just comprehensive exhibitions and activities for visitors, but also research for all and sundry who come along to the venue, among them students, educators and collectors – as well as families.