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April 02, 2017 - April 08, 2017
April 02, 2017 - April 08, 2017

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Teacher and Student, reunited on stage for the first time in 40 years! Both inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

In 1976, Tom Lorentz was a Student Teacher in Villa Maria College's Music Education Program. He was assigned to Heim Middle School, were he met, then 7th grader, Glenn Colton while conducting the school band.

A friendship formed, and Glenn started taking guitar lessons from Tom on a weekly basis. Tom schooled Glenn is the finer points of performance, as well as technical skills. In time, 15 year old Glenn would occassionally perform a song with Tom's band "Head'in On." 

Fast forward 40 years, and their friendship is stronger than ever. On Sunday, Aptil 2nd, Tom and Glenn, who are both members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, will perform together for the first time. The show will feature Tom's guitar and vocal skills, as well as Glenn's best known children and family songs. See you there, where history will be made!

In addition to leading the band "Headin' On" and "Raz" in the 1970's and 80's, Tom was lead guitarist and vocalist in the regional Beatles Tribute Band "Switch" for 20 years. Along the way, Tom continued to write and perform his original songs as the opening act for several national acts including Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Donny and Marie Osmond and America, to name a few.

Performance included with Museum admission and free for BMS Members. Register today to save your seat!

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This performance is a special presentation in conjunction with GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, Presnted by M&T Bank and Associate Sponsor Chakra Communications. 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 Programs
Extended Hours!
Wednesday, April 05, 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

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.

Fins, Furs & Feathers Explore our vertebrate zoology collection featurin gmounts, skins, bones and jars. 

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

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Tours
Toddler Team
Friday, April 07, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am 

It's team work time with your little one! Get messy, touch and feel "slimy stuff" and make music with "loud stuff" while exploring science! Ages 6 months - 2 years

Cost: $5 + Museum admission or BMS membership, members save 10%

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Toddler & Preschool
Curiosity Corner
Friday, April 07, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am 

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Expose your little scientists to the basics in science exploration: nature, states of matter, color and more. Make friends and have fun with science!

Ages: 3-5
Cost:
$5 + Museum admission or BMS membership, members save 10%

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Toddler & Preschool

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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.

Friday, April 7th at 7pm, be part of WNY music history as the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame recieves a special donation

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 (April 7, May 5) through 9pm throughout the course of the exhibit run!

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Special Programs
Cory Wells’ Motorcycle Dedication Ceremony
Friday, April 07, 2017 07:00pm - 09:00pm 

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Friday, April 7th, from 7pm to 9pm, join the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Museum of Science for the official dedication of the donation of Cory Wells’ Motorcycle to the BMHOF by the Wells’ family. 

Cory Wells was inducted into the BMHOF in 1997. He was a member of the Enemies and the world-famous Three Dog Night. Inducted members will be on hand to perform acoustic versions of songs form Three Dog Night. Cory’s family will be present to dedicate the gift of Cory’s motorcycle to the BMHOF. Join us for a night of music, fun and remembrance and enjoy the local guitar exhibit – 71Picks, sponsored by Chakra Communications, Inc. a companion home-grown space that accompanies Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World, Presented by M&T Bank with Associate Sponsor Chakra Communications.

7:00-7:30pm Music (Eli Unplugged)

7:30-8:00pm Motorcycle Dedication, words from the Wells’ family

8:00-8:30pm Music (Eli Unplugged)

8:30-9:00pm Music (Old Friends)

Emcee: Tom Lorentz (Class of 2012)

Eli Unplugged: Dick Bauerle (Class of 1988), Dave Elder (Class of 1991), Phil Hudson (Class of 1997 as a member of The Road), Mark Dixon (Class of 1990), Jim Rummings

Old Friends: Steve Metivier, Greg Hennessey (BMHOF Board of Trustees)

The ceremony is included with admission to the museum and includes access to GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, Presented by M&T Bank and Associate Sponsor, Chakra Communications. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum. Access to 71Picks will also be available. 71Picks, a “homegrown” exhibit, was created in partnership with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and features a selection of guitars, one that is signed by Cory Wells, and memorabilia that inspired the WNY music community.


Special Programs
Lego Engineering Club
Saturday, April 08, 2017 01:00pm - 03:00pm 

Lego brain teasers, free builds, design challenges, and more! Attendees will also get to bring home a Lego souvenir.

Ages: 5-9
Cost: $20 non-members + Museum admission, $15 BMS members 

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Makeshift Workshops
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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