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Arts & Museums
A beautiful historic home built in the 18th century still stands tall and proud at Brighton. Built with Federal style of architecture, the Stone-Tolan House is spread over an area of 4 acres (1.6 hectare). The rustic home is now open to visitors as a museum while group tours remain available. A tour into the house will acquaint you with the lifestyle of the people back then.
For all those who like photography, George Eastman House is the place to be. It is named after George Eastman, the founder of the renowned Eastman Kodak company. This photography museum is the oldest one around and is a treasure trove of rare photographs, film archives and prints. Formerly occupied by George Eastman, his house has been converted into a museum and visitors can check out the estate, the museum and the house garden. It also hosts events, exhibitions and programs on a regular basis.
The Oxford Gallery brings the best in contemporary art to the Rochester area, with several thousand works in a collection that includes paintings, prints, sculpture and mixed media works that represent over sixty artists that have established either regional or national acclaim; in addition, the gallery offers a nice selection of both American and European paintings that date from earlier periods.
The Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead has served nearly six generations of the Tinker Family. The house dates back to the 1830s era and is now a museum that chronicles the agrarian history of Western New York. For tours and other details, check website.
One may call it a place for children to be, but Strong National Museum of Play is that and much more. A very unique museum, the whole idea surrounding it is to understand 'play' as a science which aids in the total mental development. It hosts various guest lectures and features many interactive exhibits and a library. A great experience for a learner, the Strong National Museum of Play has something for every age group.
The National Center for the History of Electronic Games is where video game lovers can learn more about the history of these games, and how they have had a social and cultural influence on people globally. The Center also undertakes and supports research regarding these games and other electronic games. Through its exhibitions, guest speakers, books and other means, this center tries to educate people about the important role these games have played in how individuals learn and play. The center also discusses the future of video games and other electronic games.
Know more about the city of Rochester at the Center at High Falls Visitor Center, which serves as a museum with exhibits that give an overview of the region's culture, geography and history. Self-guided tours are frequently held that explore the neighborhood areas. Celebrating the modern culture of the city, the center is equally educational and entertaining. Indeed, this serves as the best place to discover the treasures of the city. Check website for more details.
Jump back in time and visit the house of beloved women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony. Located in Rochester, the beautiful house is a museum in tribute to her life's work - it was where she was arrested in 1872 for voting and was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Presently, the house offers public tours and seminars that are suitable for all ages. Stop by and educate yourself on the life of a true American hero and her fight for women's rights.
Originally a shopping center built by Levi Valentine in 1879, Valentown Hall now serves as a museum of local history. In 1940, J. Sheldon Fisher converted the abandoned commercial space into a museum, and it is now managed by the Victor Historical Society. With its many artifacts and heirlooms, Valentown Hall paints an interesting picture of 19th-century life in the Victor and Rochester region.
Genesee Country Village & Museum is a prestigious and innovative project. This living history museum, located in Mumford was founded by John (Jack) L. Wehle in 1966. He was a connoisseur and collector of art and he conceptualized the idea of setting up an entire model village. It took almost ten years to set up the entire complex and today it has one of the largest historic and art collections. The different sections dedicated to variety of activities like farming, weaving, pottery making and much more. You can also be a parrt of the village and participate in feeding the animals or join in card game. Genesee Country Village & Museum also hosts events and festivals on a regular basis. For more details, call ahead.
Restored to its mid-19th century splendor, this stately Federal-style mansion, along with two barns filled with antique carriages and sleighs and original Granger family farming equipment and an original early-19th century law office; are open to the public seasonally. Trained docents give customized tours.
The Ontario County Historical Society and Museum offers education programs and exhibitions on local history topics for all ages. They also have a unique local history library, which has hundreds of rare, one-of-a kind books, and original manuscripts. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 p.m. Closed major holidays.