High Falls Center and Interpretive Museum
60 Browns Race
Rochester, NY 14614
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.
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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 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.
Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? We Do!
Brown's Race Room, 1st floor
Not merely functional clothing fasteners, people throughout history have proudly pinned buttons to make fashion and political statements, champion causes, and display civic pride. Buttons have been used to commemorate events, advertise for businesses, and campaign for office. Of course, buttons have also make for occasionally funky and often stylistic modes of self-expression. Come see what buttons Rochesterians have worn in the past, learn why they wore them, and investigate how buttons have influenced history! On loan from the Office of the City Historian and the Rochester Public Library.
War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War
Rochester Room, 2nd floor
This traveling exhibit from the National Museum of the United States Navy explores the role that military forces from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in securing European recognition of the United States as an independent nation. Visitors will learn the heroic stories of ocean and Great Lakes battles as well as those that took place on land from Louisiana to Canada. Displays contain a QR code with links to more details for those with smart phones. On loan from the Rochester Military Historical Society.