As the weather turns in New York state we will be looking to take our Rochester day trips indoors, safely of course, to plan some fun family time. These are our can’t miss picks for the best museums in Rochester, NY you should visit with kids.
Whether you are planning a morning of family fun or looking to plan a family day trip in Rochester, these museums are great choices.
Each one offers something unique and special for families to have a great day together.
Please check the location website before visiting due to COVID-19 rules and regulations.
5 Best Museums in Rochester, NY with Kids
Strong Museum of Play
The Strong Museum of Play is one of the best children’s museums ever! We love the nostalgia of the Berenstain Bears and Sesame Street exhibits as well as the new interactive play exhibits.
One of the things we really love about the Strong Museum of Play is that your kids can grow up going and always find something that interests them.
When the kids were small they love shopping at the kids size Wegmans. Now that they are older they like checking out the arcade areas, the traveling exhibits, and the Fairytale area. The Fairytale area has a fun mystery scavenger hunt we like!
There is so much to see at the Strong Museum of Play. Read this post, The Best Things to See at Strong Museum of Play, to help plan your day and make sure you don’t miss anything!
Genesee Country Village Museum
Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State. We always love visiting because the staff are so knowledgeable and interactive, we learn something new each time!
It is a great place to take the learning outside the classroom and experience what life was like in the early settlements.
The historic village takes you from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s. Each area reenacts what life was like and you will see something new every visit. One time we watch a class all about moustaches and how they played a part in society.
Its always a fun surprise to see what events and interactive activities they have going on.
Rochester Museum and Science Center
We are members of the Rochester Museum and Science center and it is great because it gives you access to the Museum, Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center.
The museum is where we visit most often. One of my favorite things to do there is see the electricity theater show. They show how electricity is conducted and you can get on stage to participate as well. It’s a really cool show and we try to see it during our visit.
The Planetarium is on the same campus as the museum. They offer star and laser shows at an additional cost. The Cumming Nature center is located in Naples, NY and is a great way to get outside with your family. All three are included in your membership.
The Eastman Museum is best for the 8+ crowd. You will see the history of photography and how far technology has come in capturing the moments of our lives.
They do have a hands-on children’s area that has been closed due to COVID-19. We still enjoyed walking around the exhibits, exploring the house where George Eastman once lived, and learning more about photography.
If you visit during the warmer months you can also explore the outside gardens. Before you visit check the upcoming traveling exhibits. Most recently we saw a Looney Tunes one that was great for kids!
Memorial Art Gallery
An art gallery may not seem like the first choice with kids but I think you can use it to encourage your kids creativity. The Memorial Art Gallery is a great museum in Rochester, NY that offers a few outdoor exhibits as well as indoor.
We like to stop by the sculptures outside before we head inside. They are actually 11 spots along the sculpture park map. You can see them all here.
Once we arrive we explore each room together discussing what we like and don’t like. Usually there is a scavenger hunt activity offered by the museum, but if not I will encourage the kids to find a piece they are inspired by and we create our own art work at home.
If you don’t mind traveling a little further from home check out 101 Things to Do in Rochester for some great family fun ideas! There are so many fun activities to keep you busy closer to home this season.
As a family we have made awesome memories and learned a lot at these Rochester museums. With virtual learning being part of our school this year the museums provide a great option for us to continue the learning outside the classroom.
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