High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum
74 Browns Race
Rochester, NY 14614
Spring hours (March 1-May 31):
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays
12 - 4 p.m. Sundays
Available for group tours by appointment.
Call (585) 428-8095.
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Located in the heart of the historic Brown’s Race neighborhood, the High Falls Interpretive 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 complete their tour by returning to the 21st century. In between, they discover how the city was settled and the ways in which people employed water power to transform the region into an industrial boomtown.
Enjoyable 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/Rochester Public Library.