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Kids Free Thursdays in August at Genesee Country Village & Museum

Aug 01st, 2023

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Join us for Kids Free Days in August!

Thursday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

An annual tradition is back - Kids Free Days in August! All kids 12 and under will receive FREE admission to all GCV&M has to offer. Enjoy different themes each day in the Historic Village and John L. Wehle Gallery. Grab a bite to eat in the Depot Restaurant, meet animals on the Pioneer Farm, try hands-on crafts and activities, and so much more. Get your tickets online in advance below!

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Summer Sunset Series (TWO Concerts in August!)

Fridays, August 11 & 18 | 5 - 9 p.m.

Spend an evening at GCV&M enjoying great music and a great sunset! This month, we're excited to announce our two final Summer Sunset Series Concerts of the season: The GateSwingers on Friday, August 11, and A Girl Named Genny on Friday, August 18.

Don't forget: Summer Sunset Series Concerts are dog-friendly!

Tickets for August 11

Tickets for August 18


Enjoy discounted admission of just $10 - plus, FREE for Members!

National Silver Ball Tournament

Friday, August 11, Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13 | Game times vary

Join us at GCV&M's Silver Base Ball Park, Great Meadow, and South Field for the National Silver Ball Tournament this month! We offer the nation’s most comprehensive 19th-century base ball program, including games all summer long both in Silver Ball Park and on the Great Meadow. Join us on this exciting weekend to watch teams from across the US face off!

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Pavilion Garden Brunch

Sunday, August 13 | Seatings at 12 & 12:30 p.m.

Don't miss our last Summer Brunch in the Pavilion Garden Restaurant! Enjoy Made-to-Order Omelets, Ratatouille Crepes, Scalloped Potatoes & Ham, Pancakes with real GCV&M Maple Syrup, Summer Berry Garden Salad, and more. Plus, the cost of your ticket includes day-long access to all GCV&M has to offer: our 19th-century Historic Village, exhibits in the John L. Wehle Gallery, and Nature Trails!

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Fiddlers' Fair & Making Music Weekend

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Join us for Fiddlers' Fair & Making Music Weekend! This toe-tapping annual event brings together musicians on different stages around the Museum grounds for a weekend of non-stop entertainment. Explore NYS's musical roots and cultural influences, take a master class, explore musical history in the Historic Village, and so much more. Settle in to hear the variety of performers, grab food and drinks, or wander the Historic Village and spend the day immersed in live performances.


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Mark your calendars for spooky After-Hours Tours in the Village, coming up on September 15 & 16!

August After-Hours Tours: Murder & Mayhem

Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26

5 - 9 p.m.

Don't miss our last Murder & Mayhem Tour of the season! There is a long history of misbehavior in Western New York... As the western frontier, our area attracted shady folks - from train robbers to murderers! Hear recountings of witness statements, newspaper articles and police reports surrounding the sensational crimes of the 19th century as you explore the Historic Village on a guided walking tour. Then enjoy a historical craft beverage in the Freight House Pub!

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Hop Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 2 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for a family-friendly celebration of all things beer and brewing in New York State!

Visitors to Hop Harvest Festival will the journey of hops, one of NY's original cash crops, from field to brewery to pint glass. Tour of one of the only working 19th-century breweries in the US, see our interpreters harvesting and processing hops grown on-site, sample local craft beers, see what's cooking in historic kitchens, and more, enjoy live music, and more!

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The Whirl

Saturday, September 9 | 5 - 9 p.m.

Celebrate GCV&M with a farm-to-table meal, live music, auctions, a wine pull, and more! Enjoy dinner in our Historic Village with groups of friends or family inside our 19th-century buildings or al fresco on a porch or in a garden. All proceeds benefit GCV&M’s educational mission and daily work ensuring that history is for everyone. Time is running out to make sure you're a part of this year's magical evening! Limited seats remain - reserve yours now by contacting us at (585)294-8241 or

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Wednesdays are Senior Days at GCV&M! Visitors ages 62+ pay just $10 for admission (discounted senior admission tickets must be purchased at the door). Click here to see what's happening at GCV&M this week and plan your visit.


We're offering a brand new camp: ImagiNature, happening during the week of Aug. 21 - 25!

There's still time to get in on the Summer Camp fun!

Camp classes offered now through Friday, August 25

Don’t miss the fun at GCV&M – There’s still time to join us for Summer Camp! Your young adventurer will love dressing up and exploring 19th-century fun and games in the Historic Village, seeing nature up close and getting out on the trails at our Nature Center, or express and shape their creative ideas by looking at things in new ways with a variety of fun themes.

Register for Summer Camp

Upcoming Adult Classes

Learn something new with the help of experts at GCV&M! Explore classes coming up in August: 

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Gallery Talks & Programs

Visit the John L. Wehle Gallery for a lineup of fascinating talks and programs led by curators and guest speakers.

Fashion in Flux: Transitional Fashions of the 1820s An Historical Get-Ready-with-Me    

Saturday, August 26 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

  • Join John L. Wehle Gallery curator Brandon W. Brooks for a fascinating historical "get ready with me!"

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Daily Historic Happenings in the Village

There's something fascinating happening every day in the Historic Village! Join a historic farmer for farm chores every day at 11 a.m., see a different historic "receipt" (called a recipe, today) cooking in historic kitchens each day, and more. Visit our "This week at GCV&M" webpage to see each week's schedule of events!

Explore this week at GCV&M



Supported by:

Museums For All Program

Genesee Country Village & Museum is a proud member of the Museums for All initiative, enabling financial access to Museum experiences and resources. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 1,000 museums throughout the US simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. We offer a reduced rate of $3 per ticket at the door (for both regular daily admission AND special events!), for up to four guests, with on-site purchase to any visitor who is an EBT card holder.

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Learn more about our DEAI Comittment

Rochester Pride 2023

Staff, volunteers, and supporters proudly marched in the Rochester Pride Parade on July 15 – a first for GCV&M! Following a month of social media posts recognizing and celebrating vibrant LGBTQIA+ history, community, and connections to the GCV&M collections, we were thrilled to announce our participation this year – and intend to make it a new, annual tradition. By participating in the Parade and partnering with organizations like Trillium Health to provide our staff with ongoing training around LGBTQIA+ welcoming vocabulary and allyship, we want our Museum community to know that History Is for Everyone!

New resource for visitors: GCV&M Sensory Guide

There is so much to experience at a living history museum! We have compiled a sensory guide to help visitors determine which areas of the Museum provide access to amenities, which areas might be noisy, which areas offer tactile experiences, and more.

Exlore our Sensory Guide




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August Members-Only Events

This season we have a full lineup of exclusive events just for Museum Members! Here's what's happening this month:

  • Summer Garden Tour (Wednesday, August 9, at 11 a.m. in the Historic Village)
  • Pioneer Farm Tour (Sunday, August 27, at 1 p.m. on the Pioneer Settlement

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Nature Center Renovation August Update

For those following along on our Nature Center renovation progress, the interior first floor has seen a lot of changes to improve the space’s flexibility for programs, classes, and animal habitats. It’s a wonderful canvas for our next phase of work: adding new interactive exhibits! Through the rest of this year, visitors will see new, hands-on exhibits inside and out to help them learn more about the natural history of our region, maple sugaring, local habitats, and more.

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