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.

Behind The Scenes Tours

Behind The Scenes Tours Zach Reed Photography

Select Thursdays | 6-7:30pm

Like many museums, the majority of our collections are not on public display. As the steward of over 1.2 million objects, there are a lot of unique, interesting, and just plain odd objects within our collections vaults— and this is your chance to get a look at some of them! 

We're offering 10 different, themed tours of our collections vaults. Each tour date, attendees can choose from one or more themes that interest them the most.

Each tour is led by one of our expert collections staff members and includes:

  • A brief, guided tour through a public exhibit
  • A tour through one of our eight collections vaults
  • A final Q & A session with our collections staff

Tours are for adult audiences (18+). 


Upcoming Tours:

Thursday, October 20 & 27 | "Stuff It: Spooky Edition" or "Memento Mori"

Tour Title: Stuff It: Spooky Edition

Tour Guide: Elizabeth Pietrzykowski, Assistant Director of Collections and Registrar

Tour Locations: Expedition Earth exhibit, Zoology vault

Adventure behind the exhibits at the RMSC Museum & Science Center to explore the spooky side of our zoology vault and museum taxidermy. Discover how taxidermists bring these animals back to “life” and how a museum cares for and displays them. Take a look at some of the creepy, taboo, or just plain scary taxidermy specimens.

During this tour, you'll see a variety of taxidermy specimens, including: Bats, crows, ravens, owls, skeletal specimens, arachnids, bugs, animal mummies, and more.

Please note these tours are 18+ due to subject matter. Content is for mature audiences.

October 20–SOLD OUT

OCTOBER 27 SESSION

 

 

Tour Title: Memento Mori

Tour Guide: Debbra Williams-Fernaays, Collections Manager

Tour Locations: The Old Rochester Apothocary exhibit, History Vault

Explore the spine-tingling history behind health and mourning practices in the United States. Observe objects created to remember loved ones, like intricate wreaths and jewelry made from human hair, and learn more about the sentimental side of death and mourning practices.

During this tour, you'll see a variety of collection objects, including: Victorian-era hair jewelry and wreaths, death portraits, apothecary tonics and treatments, phrenology heads, and more.

Please note these tours are 18+ due to subject matter. Content is for mature audiences.

October 20–SOLD OUT

OCTOBER 27 SESSION

 


Thursday, December 15 | "Choose Your Own Adventure"

Tour Title: Choose Your Own Adventure 

Tour Guide: Elizabeth Pietrzykowski, Assistant Director of Collections and Registrar, OR Debbra Williams-Fernaays, Collections Manager

Tour Locations: Dependent on attendees interests

We're bringing back everyone's childhood favorite game with a "Choose Your Own Adventure" tour! During this unique and one-of-a-kind tour, YOU will choose what exhibits and collection objects you want to see and learn more about. Your tour guides will simply ask you the question: Would you like to see this, or that?

During the tour, you can choose to view: Natural science specimens, textiles, technology collections, military paraphenalia, art, and more.

Attendees will be separated into two tour groups. We will do our best to ensure individuals attending together are sorted into the same group. To help ensure you are paired with those you're attending with, we recommend purchasing the tickets together. Please call 585.271.4320 with any questions or concerns.

Please note these tours are 18+ due to subject matter. Content is for mature audiences.

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