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1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211

Location: 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

Open 7 Days a Week
Mon. - Tues.: 10am - 4pm
Wed.: 10am - 9pm
Thurs. - Sun.: 10am - 4pm

Hours: Open 7 Days a Week | Mon-Tues 10am - 4pm, Wed: 10am - 9pm, Thurs-Sun: 10am - 4pm

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February 05, 2017 - February 11, 2017
February 05, 2017 - February 11, 2017
Worldly Wednesdays: Tu B'Shevat
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 02:30pm - 03:00pm 

Join us as we learn about cultures and countries from around the world. Each class we will learn about a new holiday through a hands-on activity.

Ages: 3-6
$3 for first child, $2 for each additional child in the same household + Museum admission or membership; pre-registration is recommended but not required

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Toddler & Preschool
Extended Hours!
Wednesday, February 08, 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
Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour (Adults Only): The Byron Dig
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 06:30pm - 08:30pm 

Did you know the Museum houses over 700,000 specimens in our collection, or that a significant part of the collection pertains to the Greater Niagara Region? Get behind-the-scenes to see what few have seen and explore our research, special, and teaching collections in themed tours taking place throughout the month. Tours are approximately 2 hours in length.

The Byron Dig: Mastodons in our Backyard Seymour isn’t the only Mastodon at the Buffalo Museum of Science! Learn more about the Museum’s Mastodons excavated from the local Genesee County dig site and take a look at the specimens that teach us about life on the Niagara Frontier over 10,000 years ago. 

Ages: adults 18+
Cost: $25 non-members, $15 BMS members
Registration deadline: one week in advance

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Get Out Your Guitar Day!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm 

Get Out Your Guitar Day, a national holiday that celebrates guitars and guitarists of all genres, will be presented in conjunction with the travelling exhibit GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, on view through May 7, 2017. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is Presented by M&T Bank with Associate Sponsor, Chakra Communications. All Get Out Your Guitar Day activities are included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

Chris “The Bulldog” Parker, of Schopp & The Bulldog on WGR 550 Sports Radio, will be on-site from 11am to 1pm. While he’s known for his passion for local sports teams, “The Bulldog” is also a music buff and passionate about the Buffalo music scene. Additionally, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Dick Bauerle will present “Sounds of the Guitar” through the decades from 11:30am to 12:30pm along with a Q&A session, guitar history and guitar playing tips. Oogie Games will be on-site and showing off Guitar Hero, for those musicians that are more digitally inclined. Guests are encourage to bring their guitars and show off their skills throughout the day.

In partnership with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Michael Hund (BMHOF Class of 1992) will present “The Fender Tail… a History of Fender guitars” from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Get ready to hear the sounds of legendary Fender guitars - a musical journey from its birth. The company began as Fender's Radio Service in late 1938 in Fullerton, California. A custom lap steel guitar made in 1946 for his friend Noel Boggs was most likely the very first product of the new company, already sporting the familiar Big "F" logo. Hund will take guests on a journey through the years of Fender guitars. In 1951, Fender offered the first mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar, the Telecaster (originally named the 'Broadcaster'; 'Esquire' is a single pickup version), and the first mass-produced electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass). In 1954, Fender mass-produced the popular Stratocaster (Strat) guitar. Hear a 1952 Fender dual 8 lap steel guitar and many other historic Fender guitars including: 1950 Fender custom shop esquire, 1957 Fender shoreline gold 1/500, 1962 Fender sonic blue Stratocaster, 1974 Fender sunburst, 1978 Fender blackie, 1979 Fender silver anniversary. Guest will also be able to play a guitar through a deluxe reverb amp and receive a free Fender guitar pick.

Additional special guests will be on-site throughout the day including Frank Grizanti (BMHOF Class of 2007) and former Board President, current Board Member and BMHOF Inductee, Nick Veltri (BMHOF Class of 1994). Greg Hennessey, Rich Sargent (BMHOF Class of 2008) and Doug Yeomans (BMHOF Class of 2004) will interact with guests in 71Picks, the home-grown complementary exhibit that features select items from the Hall of Fame Collection.

Admission to both GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World and 71Picks is included with general museum admission ($11 adults, $9 seniors 62+, $9 students and military with ID, $8 children 2-17 and free for Museum Members and children under 2). Both exhibits will be open during regular museum hours, 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Special extended hours through 9pm will be available every Wednesday through May 3rd and select Fridays. For more complete details, visit

Special Programs
Advanced Dissection Discoveries
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm 

Investigate and explore the inner workings of organisms around us! Try your hand at an advanced level dissection in the Human Lab Workshop led by one of the Museum's education facilitators. This month, we will be dissecting frogs!

For ages 8+ due to the use of sharp instruments, and an adult should remain present for the duration of the program. 

$10 BMS Members
$12 Non-Members plus general museum admission

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Dissection Discovery Workshops
Makeshift Open Hours - CANCELED
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00am - 03:00pm 

OPEN HOURS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Stop in and see what Making is all about! Includes demonstrations on 3D printing, circuits, and motion activities. Sponsored by National Grid.

Included with museum admission and free for BMS members.

Makeshift Workshops
Crime Investigation Camp-In - SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 11, 2017 05:30pm - 09:00am 

This camp is sold out. Spend the night at the Museum and help investigate a mystery while gaining an understanding of how police officers and scientists solve crimes. Learn how to identify and lift fingerprints, understand how the makeup of a marker’s color can help identify which marker a suspect used to write a note, and analyze similar looking substances to determine which was part of a crime, and more! 

Ages: 6-12
Cost: $30 per child, $16 per adult
Registration: Pre-registration is required at least 15 days in advance. Minimum of 50 people needed to urn the program. To learn more or to register, contact Betsy Vazquez by emailing or call 716.896.5200 x345.

General Admission

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

FREE for Museum Members and children under 2

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