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1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211

Location: 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Explore Science: Earth & Space
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:00am - 02:30pm 

The Explore Science: Earth & Space event will take place April 10th through April 15th from 11am through 2:30pm each day! Explore Science: Earth & Space is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. This exciting event provides an opportunity to connect with current NASA science research and explore earth and space phenomena.

The Explore Science: Earth & Space event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and much more! These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and allow them to get hands-on with Earth and space science concepts. The Explore Science: Earth & Space project is led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Activities are included with Museum admission and free for members.

Special Programs
Extended Hours!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 04:00pm - 09:00pm 

Take a journey through a motley crew of legendary guitars in the must-see exhibition GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World open through Sunday, May 7.

For a limited time only, guests are invited to explore the evolution of the single most enduring icon in American history through the powerful lens of science. Experience diverse genres of music, discover the science of pitch and tone, and learn how the selection of materials and strings fused with electromagnetism and amplification to create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music. Crossing over cultural boundaries, the guitar has made a significant impact on a wide variety of groups. Join us on a rhythmic journey immersed in the heart of music, surrounded by 60 guitars and nearly 100 historical artifacts - including the Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot long playable guitar!

This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. Experience the science, sound, history, and profound impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains a range of rare and antique to wildly popular and innovative instruments, along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, stunning images and photographs.

SPECIAL EXTENDED HOURS! Enjoy special extended hours every Wednesday and select Fridays through 9pm throughout the course of the exhibit run.

May 3rd: Villa Maria Guitar Ensemble will perform at the Museum during special extended hours. The performance will take place at 6pm. 

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Special Programs
The Wrecking Crew Screening and Director Q&A
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 06:00pm - 09:00pm 

Wednesday, April 12th at 6pm, the Buffalo Museum of Science will present a special screening of the music documentary, “The Wrecking Crew.” Guests will also enjoy a Question & Answer session with the film director, Denny Tedesco, immediately following the screening. The screening is included with Museum admission and free for Museum members and takes place during special extended Museum hours as part of the traveling exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, Presented by M&T Bank and Associate Sponsor, Chakra Communications. Guests will also enjoy access to the “homegrown” exhibit 71Picks, produced in partnership with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

“The Wrecking Crew” is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Denny Tedesco. It shares the story of the Los Angeles-based group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, famed for having played on numerous hit recordings throughout the 1960’s. The film premiered in 2008 at the SXSW Film Festival and documents the work of studio players who recorded the tracks for hits including "California Dreamin," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin," "Be My Baby," "The Beat Goes On," and "Good Vibrations." Interviews with producers, engineers, and session musicians reveal the warmth and humor that allowed their collective talents to turn a simple chord chart into an international phenomenon.

Director, Denny Tedesco, said of the musicians, “They were also involved in groups that I like to call the Milli Vanillis of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group name.”

Denny Tedesco is the son of Tommy Tedesco, member of The Wrecking Crew and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame 1996 Inductee. Music critic Michael Leonard, calls Tedesco “the most famous guitarist you’ve never heard of.” Tommy Tedesco worked with some of the largest acts in popular music history, and at his peak, was the most sought after session guitarist in the industry. Tommy Tedesco passed away in 1997, but is remembered as a humble hero whose great talent fueled decades of incredible music.

On display as part of the 71Picks, guests will have the opportunity to view Tommy Tedesco’s Fender Telecaster guitar, one of the most recorded guitars in history. Additionally, Tedesco’s 1963 and 1966 datebooks are on display, which show him playing with the Ronettes on their hit “Be My Baby” on July 5, 1963, Dean Martin on January 27, 1966 and Frank Sinatra on November 17, 1966.

“The Wrecking Crew” documentary served as an outlet for Denny Tedesco during the time leading up to his passing of his father. The film allowed him to “let the world know about what impact he (Tommy) and his friends made in musical history.” Additional details and trailer for "The Wrecking Crew" are available at

Special Programs
General Admission

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

FREE for Museum Members and children under 2

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, for our Tifft at Twilight event.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

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