Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Museum of Science
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Buffalo Museum of Science offers educational and exciting experiences the whole family can enjoy, including interactive exhibit spaces, special traveling exhibits, a National Geographic 3D Cinema, collections of over 700,000 artifacts and specimens. Record your own weather forecast or step into a wind chamber in Our Marvelous Earth, explore health and the human body in Explore YOU, build your own gravity wall in the In Motion studio, explore over 1,500 insect specimens in Bug Works, or discover science with your toddler and young scientists in the Explorations early childhood gallery.
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tdsuperstar
Toronto, Canada19,026 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Excellent venue, though some parts look tired. A little pricey for the entrance fee. My kids found that four hours was not enough to explore the Museum. Free Parking is nice and the staff was quite helpful. With a four o`clock closing on Sunday, be there early to explore! Enjoy this nice piece of Buffalo, highly recommend!
Written May 20, 2023
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1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It was slightly disappointing, because I have seen other Egyptian exhibits. This one was small, interesting but a let down. To be the beginning of a tour, have no gift shop to speak of and no mementos to buy was very disappointing. The Buffalo museum of science should have been better prepared, there wasn't even a program.
Written February 10, 2020
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Trish H
Amherst, NY113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I love museums, growing up the Buffalo Museum of Science was one diorama after another.Informational but dull. A recent saw quite the chang, many more interactive exhibits, a new spin on the animals and science that surrounds us. I used to think our museums paled in comparison to closeby Toronto, no longer. So impressed we became members!
Written February 15, 2020
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K S
Rochester, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Our family has been to many science centers and children's museums around the country and unfortunately this was one of the worst. The exhibits were average, but what stood out to me was the attitude of the employees. Every single one of them acted as if we were a huge bother to them. Not a single smile, thank you, or even eye contact. The other thing that really upset us was that on their website and on their museum map it listed times for the 3-D shows. My daughter was so excited to see the Panda show, which was listed at 2:30. We planned our afternoon around it and went down at 2:10 to buy tickets. The girl at the counter told us (with attitude) that the Panda show started at 1:30. This is unacceptable, especially when we have to leave with a disappointed child in tears. I highly recommend to the Buffalo Museum of Science to visit other museums in NYS, such as Strong (extremely friendly employees) and Corning Museum of Glass (shows always on time and according to schedule), to see how well those museums are run. We will not return!
*Just a note that there was a bearded gentleman, who I suspect was a volunteer rather than an employee, located near the mastadon, who was very friendly and spent quite awhile with us giving us interesting information. He was the best part of the visit.
Written June 28, 2015
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas239 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited the Buffalo Museum of Science in July 2006 while I was in town for a wedding. It was an afternoon wedding and I thought that I would take the kids to do something fun in the morning. It was raining so we scrapped the Military Museum and went to the Buffalo Museum of Science. All of us were very disappointed in what we saw. The museum is very run down and is in dire need of upgrading. My kids quickly became bored with looking at stuffed animals encased in glass. The vast majority of exhibits were non-interactive and boring for kids. The Egypt exhibit was very beat-up and in dire need of attention. My youngest son cut his leg on a large sharp screw that was protruding from one of the exhibits. On at least one exhibit, the directions on what to do at the exhibit were handwritted on a post-it note and taped to the exhibit.

The fourth floor exhibits on astronomy are the most interactive in the museum. They consist of about ten Mac computers loaded with PowerPoint presentations. Kids do not find it entertaining to push the space bar and change slides of planets and stars. Another Mac was loaded with an astronomy program that I have at home that came with my telescope.

Overall, it was a very disappointing experience. If you are in Buffalo with your family on a rainy day, take your money and go to the Anchor Bar and buy your kids some good chicken wings. They will enjoy that much more.
Written August 1, 2006
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Lynette M
Buffalo, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
I recently went to the Science Museum with my two granddaughters ages 4 and 6. I had not been in quite some time and was so impressed with the new look and activities. Every room had interactive children's activities some with knowledgeable docents to guide kids through the learning process. My granddaughters especially loved the kids area upstairs. They "shopped" for and checked out a healthy meal which was given a grade at the end. They experimented with the wind machine up to the tornado level. We spent over two hours there and could have stayed longer. I highly recommend the new and improved Buffalo Museum of Science.
Written April 23, 2017
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Thank you for your rating and kind words. We are delighted that you and your granddaughters had fun during your visit and hope to see you again soon. Jackie Jonmaire Marketing and Public Relations Director 716-896-3200 ext. 312
Written April 24, 2017
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jessibean
Canada129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
This is a super little museum.

The new exhibits are excellent, and the temporary exhibits are always great. We recently returned to visit the Curious George exhibit and was again pleasantly surprised by all that the museum had to offer and how much fun we all had.

It isn't big, but well worth a visit (And the price is awesome). A super way to introduce younger kids to the world of museums, but enjoyable for the whole family as well.
Written May 15, 2015
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My main visit was the dinosaurs in antarctic . The dinosaur exhibit is located on the second floor which is mostly dedicated to the dinosaurs. The first exhibit is a American Mastodon-which is a cast exhibit.

After admission is the 'Get Set To Journey To Antarctica' which is a series of rooms about the history of of the exploration of the Antarctic stating in 1895. Some of the exhibits:
1).) Antarctic Exploration THrough Time
2.) Heroic Age Of Antarctic.
3.) The First Fossils Of Antarctic.
4.) Suiting Up-The clothing used in the Artarctic.
5.) Different skulls.
6.) Dinosaur bones.

Another room has several dinosaur partial or full sketetons-real & cast- and being much detailed. Also on this level is the Biodivesity, whick\h is all about modern animals.

The third floor starts with Bugs & Seashore shells which leads to'Range of Motion'. A partial list includes:
1.) Go With The Flow.
2.) Need A Lift. Here is a lift over a chain with a hook to try a visitor's skill to raise & lower the hook over two metal three foot high square tubular frame and a 14" high square box. I spent at least 15 minutes putting one large box onto another box frame onto the second large frame box and then te14" box on top of the two larger frames.
3.) Full Speed Ahead.
4.) Test Track.
5.) Innovation State.
6.) What Goes Up.
7.) Crash & Learn.
8.) The Life of a Dummy. How a crash dummy saves lives in an automobile crash.

I found the 'In Motion' exhibit all most interesting as the dinosaurs because I was able interact with an exhibit. Also on the third floor is the Kellegg Observatory & a Plantarium along with other echibits. On the third level ar restrooms facilities.

The dinosaur exhibit ends on September 4th of 2022. I suggest visitin soon as possible. A perso can acquire tickets online. I called the museum directly to acquire a ticket. If a visitor has a ticket in advance getting through admissiond is much quicker. For a senior $21.00.

My visit was 3:45 in time. that included photography, much reading and time working the lifting the metal boxes. Plenty of free parking.

A visit is highly recommended. Go with an open mind.
Written August 17, 2022
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Melissa
Jupiter, FL92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I remember the Buffalo Science Museum from when I was a kid. It is still a great place to spend a day w your kids. My group of kids ranged from 16-5 years old. We all had a fun time together. The older kids showed the little ones how hands on worked and would read exhibit info as needed. As u can see from the pics it is interactive. We also went on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing. admission was $2pp. I recommend going and having Fun w Science.
Written July 28, 2019
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Rob F
Niagara Falls, Canada2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We have been to various science museums. This one seemed like a waste of money. Some exhibits are ok but nothing special. Lot of them pretty lame
Written July 25, 2019
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