Contact Us:

Phone: (716) 896-5200
Toll Free: (866) 291-6660

Contact Us: (716) 896-5200 | Toll Free: (866) 291-6660
Museum Location:

1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211

Location: 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211
Hours:

Open 7 Days a Week
Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

Hours: Open 7 Days a Week | Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

visiting museum groups

Mission Statement

inspiring curiosity through exploration


History

In 1836, the Young Men’s Association was founded in the City of Buffalo. As the center for organized cultural activities in the city, the YMA’s committees dealt with the public library, science, literature and art. In most small towns, the public library is the recipient of all manner of curiosities and interesting objects; consequently, the YMA became the proud owner of numerous specimens, minerals, fossils, shells, insects, pressed plants, sea weeds and various paintings and articles of historic value. The acquisition of these specimens called for a cabinet for their display - thus began the collection that would lead to the Buffalo Museum of Science we have today.

In 1861, as collections and interest in the natural sciences grew, the men decided to organize a Natural History Society. A paper was circulated throughout the city to see who might be interested in pursuing this venture - the signatures included that of former president Millard Fillmore.

The first meeting of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences took place in 1861 and the Honorable George W. Clinton, son of four term Governor of New York Dewitt Clinton, was elected the first President. The Society's first home was above the New York and Erie Bank, on the third floor of the Jewett Building in Buffalo.

After several temporary locations and with the support of the City of Buffalo, the Society opened the doors to a magnificent, state-of-the-art facility at the end of Humboldt Parkway on Buffalo's East Side on January 19, 1929 now known as the Buffalo Museum of Science.

In 1982, the Museum entered a commitment for operation of the 264-acre Tifft Nature Preserve at Buffalo's Outer Harbor for environmental education. The preserve, which is just minutes from downtown Buffalo, features five miles of hiking trails, a self-guided nature and fitness trail, a 75-acre freshwater cattail marsh and man-made lakes which attract wildlife throughout the year.

Since 1921, the museum witnessed several renovations and the attachment in 1990 of the Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet Elementary School in a multi-story addition. The school serves more than 1,100 students and offers specialized science education in the Museum. The BMS was the first museum in the nation to have an elementary school both physically and programmatically linked.

The Museum Today

Since 2010, the BMS has been on an aggressive path to renovate all of the museum's permanent exhibit experiences, transforming its former diorama-based exhibits into eight highly interactive and immersive science studio exhibit spaces. These studios and accompanying workshop spaces leverage collections pieces as a foundation of history and information, and then combine them with immersive exhibits and environments to create modern exhibition spaces. The museum has also added the Explorations early childhood gallery to its permanent offerings, as well as the National Geographic 3D Cinema presented by M&T Bank. 

The Museum will complete this historic transformation with the restoration and reopening of its rooftop observatory in 2016 in addition to the opening of its eight and final science studio space focusing on aerospace and the marvels of the sun. Help the Museum SEE IT THROUGH and contribute to the final $1.2 million push to complete their four year, multi-million dollar transformation.


Collections

A significant part of the Museum's collection of over 700,000 specimens pertain to the Greater Niagara Region and form by far the most complete record of life in all of its forms in this area in anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology and zoology . They provide a good representation of the present and past natural history of the Niagara Frontier of New York and adjacent Ontario, as well as material of worldwide provenance of value in teaching, exhibition and research. The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences maintains three principal categories of collections: research collections, special collections and teaching collections.


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Board of Managers, 2016-2017

Christopher Hogan, P.E.

Chairman


Judith A. Feld, MD, MPH, MMM

Darren J. King

Co-Vice Chairmen


Karl F. Krebs

John McClure, Ph.D.

Co-Treasurers


Ronald J. Tanski

Secretary


Philip C. Ackerman

Kevin Curran

Laurie Dann

Herbert F. Darling, Jr.

Richard B. Dopkins, Esq.

Edmund A. Egan, MD

Cory H. Haqq

David Hodge

Timothy R. Hogues

Mary Ann Kresse

Norma J. Nowak, Ph.D.

Susan R. Nowicki

Steven A. Perrigo

Rev. Lorene H. Potter

Paul J. Roman, Jr. JD, Ph.D.

Laurence K. Rubin, Esq.

Cynthia A. Schwartz

Scott R. Stenclik

Mark J. Trabert

Raymond C. Vaughan, Ph.D.


Ex-Officio Members

Marisa (Risa) Wigglesworth


Honorary Member

Anne Allen



 


The programs of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences are supported in part by public funds from the County of Erie; City of Buffalo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and our members and friends. You are inspiring and we are most grateful.

General Admission

$11 Adults
$9 Seniors 62+
$9 Students/Military with ID
$8 Children 2-17

FREE for Museum Members and children under 2

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