311 Curtis Street,
Jamestown, NY 14701






Seniors, Military and Students


Children under 10 years of age


Sundays Only

Pay what you will

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Wednesday through Saturday

10am - 4pm


1pm - 5pm

Monday and Tuesday

Call ahead to tell us when you want to come

Museum closed on holidays: Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day

Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s work, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a leader for the study, exhibition and nurturing of art that matters to the planet. Through world class exhibitions and programs, RTPI illuminates the beauty of nature; challenges us to confront environmental issues of regional, national and global concern; and inspires us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity – with a particular emphasis on the natural area wonders of Western New York.

Peterson Preserve Grounds & Trails


Sunrise to Sunset

Grounds and trails are open year round.

The Peterson Preserve encompasses 27 acres of hemlock forest, successional woodlands, pollinator meadows and pollinator gardens. Two half-mile trails wind through the preserve, including the new Art & Nature Trail, which boasts several carved sculptures and QR code signposts linking to online artwork and nature information. A bird feeding station and a bird observation blind provide opportunities for close-up experience of birds. Throughout the preserve, there are numerous benches, picnic tables and a covered gazebo.

Visitor Guidelines

Enjoying the Museum

  • Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Do not touch any artwork or artifacts on display in the museum
  • Except for special events, food and drink is not permitted inside the museum (food and beverage purchased in the museum store may be enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard)
  • JCC is a smoke-free campus — smoking or use of other tobacco products is not permitted anywhere inside the museum or outside in the preserve

Taking Photographs

  • Flash photography is not permitted inside the museum
  • Non-flash photography is encouraged — if you post RTPI photos to social media, please use the hashtag #DiscoverRTPI
  • Except by special permit, wedding and commercial photographs are not permitted inside the museum (for more information, contact info@rtpi.org)
  • For outside photography, permits are required and sessions must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance (for more information, contact info@rtpi.org)

Enjoying the Outdoors

  • Please stay on the sidewalks or trails
  • Picking flowers or otherwise disturbing gardens or natural areas is not allowed
  • Do not touch or otherwise disturb any artwork along the trail
  • Parking is permitted in the parking lot only — no parking in the driveway or on the grass
  • Pets are welcome on the trails, but must be leashed
  • Bicycles are permitted on the trails, but riders must be courteous to pedestrians
  • Benches, picnic benches and the gazebo may not be reserved — they are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • JCC is a smoke-free campus — smoking or use of other tobacco products is not permitted anywhere inside the museum or outside in the preserve