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The Strong museum is announcing a tourism campaign that will include other museums and cultural institutions in the Rochester area.

It’s called Play Rochester, and involves The Strong, the George Eastman Museum, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Seneca Park Zoo.

The Strong’s vice president of marketing and communications, Sara Poe, said the idea is to provide a variety of options to people who may be traveling to the Rochester area this summer.

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Editor's Note: a previous version of the story indicated that the event would happen Wednesday night, however the actual lunar eclipse took place at 4:18AM Pacific Time.


This week, the western part of the country was treated to a spectacular astronomical happening.

It’s called the Super Flower Blood Moon, and it gets its name from a few different phenomena occurring at the same time. 

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Jenni Werner moved to Rochester 10 years ago. She certainly knew the stories of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Everyone who has sat through a junior history class has encountered those two.

Yet there is so much more to be found here, in widely diverse ways that often depart from standard definitions of history making. 

“The stories are incredible,” Werner says. “Some of the most progressive movements in the country have come from this part of New York state. Both historically, and now.”

“Hundreds and hundreds of plays can be written about this area.”

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An expansive, diverse exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is an homage to the contributions of generations of pioneering local women.

Three of Rochester’s largest cultural attractions: the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and The Strong National Museum of Play, will open Saturday, June 27, as part of New York Forward’s Phase 4 for reopening. Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week the Finger Lakes and four other regions are on track to begin Phase 4 on Friday.

The George Eastman Museum will remain closed until mid-July due to construction on the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. The Strong and MAG will be open to members only to start, and RMSC will be open to the general public.


The Rochester Museum and Science Center is thinking ahead to the time when it can reopen.

On Tuesday, it said it plans to open a new exhibit this fall that's inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and celebrates the stories of regional innovators.

The exhibit, scheduled to open in October, is called,  The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.

Kathryn Murano Santos is senior director of collections & exhibitions at RMSC.


Four of Rochester’s biggest museums -- the Memorial Art Gallery, The Strong the Rochester Museum & Science Center and George Eastman Museum-- announced Friday afternoon that they will join the exploding number of closings driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Strong announced that it will be closed as of 8 p.m. Friday, with plans to re-open on April 13. RMSC closed its doors to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, with plans to stay closed through March 27.

Zoo closed, too

Some Rochester area cultural organizations will be meeting soon to talk about potential impacts from the concerns about the novel coronavirus.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, hosted by the Rochester Museum and Science Center, so that members of various  cultural groups can talk about how concerns about the coronavirus might affect attendance at their venues along with other activities.

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is using the facility’s new digital projection system to show off a new program called "The Eagle has Landed," which re-creates what the Apollo 11 astronauts saw outside the window of the lunar module as they landed.

The show uses archival film and audio to enhance the experience for those watching the show.

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A $1.2 million renovation project at the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is now complete, and grand reopening celebrations begin Saturday.

The planetarium had been closed since November to make the upgrades. Planetarium director Steve Fentress said the upgrades were overdue.

“For 20 years, our customers have been saying that, ‘I loved coming to this place as a kid, but boy, it really needs an upgrade,’ and at last it’s been done.”