Rochester at a Glance

RIT is set in the town of Henrietta, a suburb that borders the City of Rochester.  The city offers a wide variety of cultural opportunities and activities that enhance your liberal arts education.  Our students are encouraged to take advantage of everything that Rochester has to offer with free transportation to and from campus and downtown with the RIT Tiger East End Express (TE3) bus.  The bus runs throughout the afternoon and into the evenings, providing safe, convenient transportation.

Some exciting places to check out downtown and in the surrounding area include:

  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra- The RPO was founded in 1922 by George Eastman, an early RIT benefactor. The RPO is committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music and offers nearly 200 concerts per year in a wide variety of styles.  Students can purchase tickets for as little as $10 and the Eastman Theatre complex is accessible from the TE3!  Find out more at www.rpo.org.
  • Geva Theatre- One of Rochester’s professional theatres, Geva offers the very best in live theatre entertainment, from fresh looks at classics and musicals, to lively comedies and powerful, thought-provoking dramas.  As an RIT student, you can take advantage of Geva’s $10 Student Rush ticket pricing.  Take a look and see what’s coming to the stage this year at www.gevatheatre.org.
  • The Little Theatre- A not-for-profit movie theatre that offers an alternative to the traditional cinema experience by screening independent and foreign films.  The Little screens nearly 100 different films every year, as well as hosts several annual community film festivals.  In addition, the theatre offers a café, art exhibits, live music, talkbacks, and educational programs.  You’ll receive discounted admission during weekdays with your RIT ID, and the theatre is accessible from the TE3!  Learn more about what’s showing at The Little Theatre here: www.thelittle.org.     
  • Strong National Museum of Play- The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!  It’s home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, an indoor butterfly garden, a working carousel from 1918, and many fun, hands-on exhibits.  Bring a friend and take advantage of two-for-one general admission pricing with your RIT IDs!  Learn more at www.museumofplay.org.
  • Memorial Art Gallery- A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5000 years of art history.  The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of New York City.  In addition, there are year-round temporary exhibits, lectures, concerts, tours, and group activities.  RIT students receive discounted admission ($5; $2.50 on Thursdays) with student ID.  Check out more at http://mag.rochester.edu.
  • Rochester Museum & Science Center- The museum offers three floors of hands-on exhibitions in science & technology, natural science, and cultural heritage to explore, as well as a library and café.  It also is home to the Strasenburgh Planetarium where you can check out star shows, giant-screen films, and laser light shows.  Present your RIT ID for discounted admission!  Find out more at www.rmsc.org.
  • George Eastman House- In addition to being able to tour the historic home and gardens of Kodak founder George Eastman, you can also view the International Museum of Photography and Film, which is housed there.  The museum has a massive collection of 19th century photographs, some of the very first images ever captured, as well as a substantial technology collection of photographic and cinematographic equipment that is considered one of the best in the world.  Receive discounted admission with your RIT ID!  Learn more about the exhibits at www.eastmanhouse.org.
  • Seneca Park Zoo- Only a 25 minute drive from campus, the Seneca Park Zoo is home to over 100 different species of animals, including African Elephants, Lions, Sea Lions, River Otters, Polar Bears, White Rhinos, Amur Tigers, Alligators, Penguins, and Pythons, just to name a few.  The zoo offers interesting habitats and exhibits to view, as well as education information on each animal and conservation efforts in Rochester and around the world.  Meet the animals and learn more on what the Seneca Park Zoo has to offer at www.senecaparkzoo.org.
  • Susan B. Anthony House- The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader during the 40 most politically active years of her life, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872.  Located in the heart of Rochester, this national historic landmark is open to the public for tours and lecture events.  RIT students receive half-price admission with their student ID.  Learn more at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org
  • Rochester Broadway Theatre League- Located in the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Rochester, RBTL is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows.  This year’s lineup includes The Book of Mormon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pippin, and Kinky Boots, as well as many others.  The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations.  Check out a full listing of events at www.rbtl.org.