After-Hours Adventures

Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27 | 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Choose your adventure!

Join us for a unique experience at GCV&M this season – After-Hours Adventures! We’re inviting guests behind the scenes to explore rarely-seen buildings in the Historic Village, get up close and personal with collections in the John L. Wehle Gallery, and experience the natural splendor of the Genesee Valley Region at the Nature Center. Choose one of three exciting After-Hours experiences, enjoy a bite to eat in the Depot Restaurant, have a drink in the Freight House Pub, and enjoy the sight of the sun setting over Genesee Country Village & Museum. 

Stay tuned for more upcoming After-Hours Adventures: June 23 & 24, July 21 & 22, August 25 & 26, and September 15 & 16.

Adventure 1: Guided Historic Village Tours

Our popular Upstairs/Downstairs tours are back! Museum experts provide special access to upstairs, downstairs, and behind barriers, providing guests with an experience above and beyond the day-to-day offerings within the Historic Village. These exclusive tours will emphasize room use and will illuminate the daily experiences of our buildings’ former inhabitants.

Upstairs/Downstairs Tours on May 26 & 27 will launch at 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15, and 6:30 p.m., each with 20 guests per-tour group. 

Cost for the general public: $23 
Cost for Museum Members: $21  

Please note food & beverages are not included in the cost of this ticket and require additional purchase. 

Adventure 2: Gallery and Collections Tours

Tools, Treatments, & Tricks – Medicine in the 19th Century (Friday, May 26, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.): Join Collections Manager Amanda Wilck for an in-depth discussion of the mini-exhibit Tools, Treatments and Tricks: Medicine in the 19th Century. Topics will include early medical practices, education (or the lack thereof!) of medical professionals, and the dangerous and illicit ingredients that were commonplace in 19th-century medicine. Rarely seen objects will be on full display for one night only. Plus, this season is your last chance to see this exhibit before it goes away!

Body Modification & Fashion – Corsets, Crinolines, and Bustles (Saturday, May 27, 5:30): Today we change the way we look with diet and exercise, social media camera filters, or even plastic surgery, but how did 19th-century Americans participate in body modification? Join curator Brandon W. Brooks for a talk examining how stays, corsets, crinoline cages, petticoats, and bustles shaped and morphed the body into the current gendered ideal. Guests will enjoy up-close views of corsets and stays from the late 18th century to the 20th century from the Susan Greene Costume Collection, with select pieces from Rochester Museum & Science Center. Did corsets make women faint? Did men and children wear corsets? Were whale bones really used to constrict the body? All these questions and more are explored during this talk! 

Cost for the general public: $15 
Cost for Museum Members: $13 

Please note food & beverages are not included in the price of this ticket and require additional purchase.

Adventure 3: Nature Center Explorations

Join GCV&M Naturalists for guided adventures at the Nature Center! 

Creekside Picnic Adventure (5:30 – 7:30 on May 26 & 27): Guests will enjoy a guided hike to Oatka Creek and Lake Surprise, a rarely-seen location on the Museum’s property. Learn from GCV&M Naturalists about the history of the grounds, conservation easement, and land management projects. Then, enjoy a picnic dinner on the shores of Lake Surprise! (Boxed meal options available to select with ticket purchase.) Please bring a blanket for picnicking, as well as bug spray!

Cost for the general public: $25 
Cost for Museum Members: $23 

Included in the cost of your ticket is a box dinner and water and lemonade. Please make your selection upon purchase.

Stay a while!


When you join us for After-Hours Adventures, plan ahead to stay a while and enjoy a meal in the Depot Restaurant or a historical craft beverage in the Freight House Pub! 

Both locations will be open 5 – 9 p.m.

Please note: the cost of food and beverage is not included in admission to After-Hours Adventures. 

Ticket Information

Choose your adventure! Visitors can select one adventure option per evening. Whether you’re interested in exploring the collections, seeing behind-the-scenes in the Historic Village, or treking to the Nature Center, there’s something for everyone. Tickets for each experience are sold separately, and do not include the cost of food and beverage. 
Adventure Option 1: Upstairs/Downstairs Tours in the Historic Village ($23 for general public, $21 for Museum Members) 
Adventure Option 2: Gallery & Collections Tours ($15 for the general public, $13 for Museum Members) 
Adventure Option 3: Guided Nature Hike and Creekside Picnic ($25 for the general public, $23 for Museum Members – includes a boxed meal) 

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