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Buffalo Museum of Science

Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Museum of Science, December 2009
Established 1861
Location Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Type Science
Director Randall E. Burkard
President Mark Mortenson
Curator Kathryn Leacock

Buffalo Museum of Science is a science museum located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo, New York USA, northeast of the downtown district, near the Kensington Expressway. The historic building was designed by August Esenwein and James A. Johnson and opened in 1929. The attractions include animals, astronomy, the science of technology, and more about science.



Explorations is an interactive gallery for children aged 2 to 7 featuring new themes every month.

Explore You

Explore you is a health systems science studio. The space was remodeled and opened in March 2012. It is an interactive exhibit that gives a hands-on approach to health. Topics it explores include healthy choices, body systems, the heart, medical technology, genetics, and related research done in Western New York.

Extinction Gallery

The Extinction Gallery is a collection of Specimens include 50-million-year-old birds, feathers and flowers, the earliest known land plant, a trilobite trapped in a seashell nearly 400 million years ago, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, and Allosaurus fragilis. Many of the pieces in this space come from the previous Dinosaurs and Co. space at the museum.

Our Place in Space

Our Place is Space features an astronomy gallery with five different themed areas. Areas include the subjects of the neighboring planets and constellations, meteorites, a look at earth from space, and earth's movement around the sun.

Whem Ankh: The Cycle of Life in Ancient Egypt

Whem Ankh is an exhibit displaying artifacts from the daily life as lived on the banks of the lower Nile River 2,200 years ago. Over 250 artifacts are included in the collection, including the mummies of Nes-hor and of Nes-min, priests in the temple of the Egyptian fertility god Min, and the coffin of Djed-hor-ef-ankh.

Whem Ankh closed in July 2013 to make way for construction of the Culture Science Studio set to open in April 2014.

Marchand Hall of Wildflowers

The Marchand Hall of Wildflowers displays numerous wax models of species of plant life created throughout several decades by naturalists George and Paul Marchand.


Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.


External links

  • The Buffalo Museum of Science homepage
  • The Buffalo Museum of Science Master Plan
  • The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
  • National Geographic

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