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Rochester in 1838 Diorama

Rochester in 1838 Diorama

The RMSC is undertaking a project to stabilize and restore its "Rochester in 1838" diorama. With the help of grant funding from NYSCA, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Historic Preservation, Restoration, and Literature Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the RMSC will renovate the enclosure and create new interpretive features. The work of restoration artists will be on view to the public in a fishbowl-style "living exhibit" display surrounding the diorama. From now through the end of the summer, visitors can track the progress of this exciting project in real time!

The "Rochester in 1838" diorama depicts a winter day in an area of downtown Rochester from Main Street to Spring Street and South Avenue to Plymouth Avenue, including the Erie Canal. Originally displayed in the store window of Sibly's downtown at Main and Clinton, the diorama became part of the museum in 1946 and has since become an icon.


Exhibition Grand Reopening

Sept. 28, 5:30-8:30
Concert 7:30 in the Eisenhart Auditorium

Members Free
Adults $5
Ages 3-18 $2

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal and grand reopening of our amazing reconstructed diorama, Rochester in 1838. Try your hand at canal-related engineering and postcard design. End the evening with the Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert performed by the Brockport Symphony Orchestra.



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