The mission of Genesee Country Village & Museum is to inspire excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today. Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings and environments of Western New York.
This unique living history experience provides meaningful insights into the origins of customs, traditions, social values and the evolution of our contemporary lifestyles.
Our 600-acre complex consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress. Among the buildings preserved in the historic village are Col. Nathaniel Rochester’s house and George Eastman’s childhood home.
We consider each of our historic buildings, historic gardens and farm landscapes (including domestic animal enclosures) an exhibit in and of itself. Trade, craft, cooking and agricultural demonstrations occur every day. Wherever possible, we strive to provide some opportunity for visitors to touch, use, smell or otherwise share the experience.
Our historic gardens include kitchen, dye plant, children’s, English cottage style, Shaker, Victorian formal gardens, fruit orchards and vineyards, and are created and maintained as living exhibits. Both the heirloom gardens and our farm settings are used to teach the significance of agricultural biodiversity conservation and to demonstrate how each of us can help preserve our fragile landscapes.
Our John L. Wehle Art Gallery presents permanent works in a series of themed rooms, as well as various temporary exhibitions. Long regarded as one of the nation's premiere galleries of wildlife and sporting art, it is now also home to the Susan Greene Costume Collection, considered one of the country's finest privately held collections of historic clothing .
The modernized gallery features a soaring new lobby and new exhibit areas with pull-out drawers and built-in display units, created especially for the Greene collection. Gallery rooms in strikingly rich blue, green and red with golden oak flooring throughout, display American and European works along with treasures from the Southwest and sporting art collections.
We are also home to the Genesee Country Nature Center, providing learning opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and the ecological history of New York State and the mid-Atlantic region. The center features more than five miles of hiking trails and 175 acres of wildlife habitat interpreted through signage.
Our educational programs include historic and nature-themed tours, classes and day camps for children ages 4-16; adult classes; and professional development programs for teachers. For school children and other groups, our Moveable Museum can bring these educational programs to schools, libraries, senior centers and other community locations.
Join us for our Opening Day or bring mom for a special Mother's Day!
Join us for GCV&M's inaugural race through the Historic Village and Nature Center on Saturday, May 20!
It's happy hour in the Historic Village! Beer tastings, cider, & wine. Live music.
Music, dance, authentic food and drink--celebrate the traditions of the Scots and Irish!
Re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. Fathers FREE!
Pageantry, marching bands and merrymaking are all part of the day’s July 4th festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens.
Experience the shots, the cannons and the horses as reenactors bring the Civil War to life!
19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5 & 6, and learn more about Laura's ties to Western New York.
A melodious weekend featuring hundred of musicians on four stages!