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"Is the Observatory open?"

Since our rooftop observatory closed to the public in 1999, this has been the question asked most by our members, visitors and supporters. Some recall childhood visits for astronomy lessons and the excitement of exploring a world beyond. Others catch the familiar yet distant dome out of the corner of their eye from the Kensington Expressway and wonder what is next for this historical icon. 

With the generous support of our Board of Managers, community foundations, and philanthropic corporations and individuals, we have raised $6.5 million dollars over the last four years to complete the transformation of seven science studios. Our final phase will be the $1.2 million restoration of our observatory and the completion of our eighth and final science studio on the fourth floor of the museum. 

With the generous support of our community,
future generations will…

See the Changes…

Reopening the observatory will complete our four-year, multi-million dollar campaign to transform all of the Museum’s permanent gallery spaces into interactive, changeable, and educational spaces that combine technology with pieces from our collection of 700,000 artifacts.


See a World Beyond…

The restored observatory and new aerospace studio will expose a new generation to astronomy, including the opportunity to participate in daytime solar observing from the fourth floor studio using the latest technological advances.


See the Future…

With the completion of our master exhibit plan, the Museum will essentially be brand new. We are very excited to continue inspiring the curious minds of future astronomers, engineers, biologists, and beyond with new and relevant STEM-based experiences.

The E.E. Both Memorial Telescope:

Ernst Both was a fixture at the Buffalo Museum of Science for over 50 years. He shared his passion for learning with countless Museum guests. We will his honor his contributions to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences by naming the restored Museum historic Lundin telescope the “E. E. Both Memorial Telescope.” The historic telescope is currently being restored to its original grandeur before returning to the Kellogg Observatory in preparation for the renovation and reopening of that space in 2018. This telescope will inspire the next generation of explorers. Your contribution, whether it be $50, $500 or $5,000, honors the memory and enduring legacy of Ernst. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 in celebration of what would have been Ernst’s 87th on June 1st!

The restoration of the telescope is part of a $1.7 million investment in the Museum’s rooftop observing. If you have any questions or would like to share your memories of Ernst, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kathy Leacock, Director of Collections at 716.896.5200 x376 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Buffalo Museum of Science is now poised to complete the largest transformation in the Society’s 154-year history by restoring our observatory and unveiling the final and most anticipated science studio experience.


By raising the remaining $1.2 million needed to complete our transformation, the Museum will provide ADA-compliant access to the rooftop with the installation of a new elevator connecting the fourth floor to the rooftop.


The current Our Place In Space exhibit on the fourth floor will be transformed into an interactive studio focusing on aerospace and the marvels of the sun, including a digital projection from the observatory for daytime solar observing.

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