The largest living history museum in New York offers ways to discover, learn, and play like no other!
Explore Genesee Country Village & Museum Wednesday through Sunday this summer and check out the biggest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast — with interpreters demonstrating historical trades, crafts, and cooking every day. But wait – there’s more! There’s also a Nature Center with over five miles of hiking trails and the John L. Wehle Gallery featuring exhibits of art, artifacts, and fashion. If that’s not enough to entice you, check out these not-to-be-missed special events and programs.
Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13
Bagpipes, Highland games, Irish dancing, Welsh cakes — explore a variety of Celtic traditions at this popular two-day event. And in 2021 – the Buffalo Heavies Highland Games are back! Plus: animals, music, dancing, and plenty of food and drink with Celtic connections will be a feast for your senses.
Saturday, June 19
Join GCV&M to Honor Juneteenth, considered the oldest celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States – and a newly-recognized official state holiday here in New York! With support from esteemed partners — including Not Your Momma’s History, and Rochester’s own North Star Players they’ll spotlight the events, experiences, and people fundamental to our understanding and appreciation of freedom.
Civil War Living History Weekend
Saturday, July 17 & Sunday, July 18
What was life like in Western New York in the 1860s? More than 400,000 New Yorkers fought in the Civil War and the state played a key role in the Abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Interpreters, reenactors, and speakers will share stories of the complex history of the fight to end slavery and unite the nation. Don’t miss a chance to meet special guests President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (portrayed by historians Fritz Klein and David Shakes respectively).
Visit the Historic Village
Stroll the streets of a working 19th-century historic village. With 68 buildings to visit, you’ll immerse yourself in history with live demonstrations and storytelling. Take in the aroma of fresh baked pies and breads, visit the animals on the farm, and try your hand at 19th-century games. Knowledgeable costumed interpreters throughout the Village will help you feel like you’re a part of America’s early history.
Explore Unique Fine Art and Fashion Exhibits
Three exhibitions at the John L. Wehle Gallery will inform and entertain you. New this season, the Gallery takes a fresh look at 19th-century wedding attire, accessories, and traditions in Consuming Desires: The Great American Wedding. And continuing is Nature’s Chain: The Land and Our Place in It featuring landscape and wildlife art that depicts themes of conservation and the connection between humans and the natural environment. Also back by popular demand is the Fan Favorites exhibit.
Hands-on, How-to Classes: Onsite and Online!
Learn something new with GCV&M! Small class sizes and expert teachers ensure a fun and informative time whether you are attending in person or virtually. Check the events listing on gcv.org for these popular topics: virtual canning, pickling, and sauce-making classes, specialty bread and cookie making classes, seed starting and gardening, and much more!
Genesee Country Village & Museum
1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford