Please Note:

The RMSC Museum & Science Center will be closed on Mondays for the remainder of the school year. We will be open on select school holidays, including Indigenous People's Day on October 10. Please contact us at info@rmsc.org if you have any questions.

Where We Stand

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The RMSC is dedicated to these propositions:

  • Science, technology, nature, culture, and innovation are the keys to a well-informed, robust community, and the realization of human potential in our region and in the wider world should be accessible to all.
  • Science is an ongoing human endeavor based on empirical evidence that addresses questions about the material and natural world using models, laws, and theories to build explanations of natural phenomena. 
  • Evidence of the past and of current events must be preserved because it can inspire and instruct future generations.
  • Interpretation and presentation of history should be done through a lens of continually evolving cultural sensitivity with recognition that we are not all the same and no one culture is superior to any other. 
  • A healthy community needs institutions outside the formal education system that allow all people to find information, explore their interests, and make meaning in their own lives.
  • Access to and understanding of nature and natural processes are crucial for the mental and physical health of individuals and the community, and to the future of our planet. 

Land Acknowledgement

The RMSC sits on the unceded land of the Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca) people of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Gasgo'sagö:h, In the Waterfall, is the Seneca placename for Rochester, NY. The RMSC acknowledges that it was founded on the displacement, exclusion, and erasure of Indigenous peoples, including those on whose land this institution is located. This acknowledgement is one small step in the process of dismantling the unjust legacies of colonialism and honoring Seneca and Haudenosaunee communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations.

Nya:weh (thank you) to Jamie Jacobs (Tonawanda Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan), Laticia McNaughton (Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan), and Felicia Garcia (Chumash) for their contributions in creating this land acknowledgement.


A Commitment to Equity

The RMSC is committed to taking a stance against racism by teaching about and addressing racism through exhibits and community-based work and programs. In addition to engaging in anti-racist education, the RMSC is also committed to confronting the historic and contemporary impacts and prevalence of structural, institutional, and individual racism in our society by collaborating with organizations and individuals of diverse backgrounds, ages, communities of origin, and abilities on program and exhibit development. The RMSC is dedicated to becoming a diverse and inclusive community resource where authentic voices are valued and represented.

As part of this work, we have worked with Black, Latinx, Asian, Haudenosaunee, and other Indigenous communities to create several exhibitions and programs which highlight diverse stories and social issues. These include: Take it Down! Organizing Against Racism, Objectively Racist: How Objects and Images Perpetuate Racism… And What We Can Do To Change It, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, Haudenosaunee Days, A Journey Through Time in African American History, and others.

The RMSC also continues to create and cultivate relationships with Native American communities through NAGPRA consultation and the repatriation of ancestors and cultural heritage objects back to those communities with which they belong. It is a priority for the RMSC to develop meaningful relationships with Native American communities based on respect and trust with the understanding and acknowledgment that as an institution we are founded upon the exclusions and erasures of many indigenous peoples, including the Seneca people on whose land the institution is located. 

Internally, the staff and Trustees of the RMSC have created a Board and Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to ensure that our job posting, hiring, interviewing, and selection process is free of any bias. The RMSC is committed to taking an active role in seeking more Black, Indigenous, and other People of color to fill open job positions and serve as Trustees for our Board of Directors to ensure inclusion at all levels of operations.


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