Our free and inclusive Restore Our Community Ride this coming Monday, May 13th, marks our debut at the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway, 6:30pm sharp start), a local institution with a location chosen as part of focusing our first three rides on neighborhoods affected by Buffalo’s “Freeways Without Futures” – Kensington and Scajaquada – as designated by the Congress for the New Urbanism and featured on GObike Buffalo’s upcoming sixth annual SkyRide, a fundraiser bike ride providing riders the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of Buffalo’s roadways through a ride highlighting our legacy highways.
With a history dating back to the 1800’s, the Buffalo Museum of Science today offers traveling exhibits, a 3D cinema and permanent exhibit halls, including a hands-on early childhood gallery, explorations, and interactive science studios including Bug Works, In Motion, Our Marvelous Earth, Explore YOU presented by Independent Health, Artifacts, Rethink Extinct, Biodiversity and Buffalo in Space.
Learn more below from the museum’s Special Events and Facility Rentals Coordinator Michelle Braswell.
When was the building built, and how did it become the home of the Museum of Science?
The first meeting of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences took place in 1861 and the Honorable George W. Clinton, son of four-term Governor of New York Dewitt Clinton, was elected the first President. The Society’s first home was above the New York and Erie Bank, on the third floor of the Jewett Building in Buffalo.
After several temporary locations and with the support of the City of Buffalo, the Society opened the doors to a magnificent, state-of-the-art facility at the end of Humboldt Parkway on Buffalo’s East Side on January 19, 1929, now known as the Buffalo Museum of Science.
How does the Museum of Science contribute to our community?
Through our exciting hands-on learning experiences, the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences is helping to improve scientific literacy throughout our region at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Tifft Nature Preserve, at community centers, schools and libraries throughout the region.
What are your favorite fun facts that few know about the museum?
A significant part of the Museum’s collection of more than 700,000 specimens pertain to the Greater Niagara Region and form, by far, the most complete record of life in all of its forms in this area in anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology and zoology.
What other events happen at the museum?
Along with our Science Studios and Galleries, we offer Behind-the-Scenes Collections tours, SciNights workshops, and Science After Hours events for adults. There is something for everyone.