| 74-78 Brown’s Race
|Rochester, NY 14614
||Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1 p.m.)
||Closed Sundays and Mondays
Closed December 22, 2013 - January 1, 2014 for the holidays. Please visit us in 2014!
Located in the heart of the historic Brown’s Race neighborhood, the High Falls Visitors Center and Museum offers something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting Rochester for the first time or are a long-time resident of the “Flower City,” the interactive museum and welcome center provides an inviting place to learn something new about local history.
The beautifully refurbished 19th-century waterworks building that houses the Center is a living museum in its own right. Within its walls, you can watch the past unfold before your eyes. Visitors begin their journey in pre-historic Rochester at the base of a simulated glacier and end it by returning to the 21st century. In between, discover how the city was settled and the ways in which people employed water power to transform the region into an industrial boomtown.
Ejoyable for people of all ages, the High Falls Visitors Center and Museum has a number of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, in addition to interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. In addition, it features a rotation of special visiting exhibits and provides information about Rochester today, as well as ideas for historical sightseeing.
Overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic falls near downtown Rochester, the High Falls Vistors Center and Museum is in the middle of everything! Stop by for a walking tour of Brown’s Race or to get oriented for other walkable neighboring sites: the Downtown Heritage Trail, the Susan B. Anthony Historic District, and many more.
The High Falls Visitors Center and Museum is operated by the Office of the City Historian.
A new exhibit on the War of 1812 commemorating its bicentennial and the Rochester experience will beopening early in 2014. The exhibit, free of charge, highlights the importance of the Rochester and Genesee Valley stage during the War of 1812, particularly the naval campaigns on Lake Ontario. Displays include interpretive panels, artwork and prints, and artifacts. Look for details soon!