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Our New Early Childhood Space

Children and their families are invited to experience Western New York’s newest early childhood sensory space with an Erie County twist – SensERIE!

Plunge into the depths of Lake Erie in a 16-foot research submarine. Let your imagination build onto Buffalo’s iconic skyline. Immerse yourself in the calm and quiet found among the trees of Tifft Nature Preserve.

In SensERIE, children and their families are invited to explore basic STEM concepts their own way. The newly renovated permanent exhibit gallery on the Museum’s first floor offers three distinct Erie County-based environments – forest, city and an underwater scene – that encourage young explorers to learn and understand the world around them by using their senses of touch, sight, and sound.

Through unique ambiences and atmospheres, you and your child will enjoy immersive, multi-sensory experiences that inspire curiosity, exploration, and wonder. Young explorers can create a work of illuminated art with a larger-than-life light board, splash around at the stream table, and engage in imaginative play at a number of activity tables before enjoying a quiet moment or reading a book inside of one of the forest’s accessible tree trunk nooks.

Entry into SensERIE is included in Museum admission and FREE for Museum Members!