The city of Buffalo founded a Young Men’s Association in 1836. This committee serves as the center for all organized cultural activities in the city of Buffalo dealing with art, science, public library, and literature. Moreover, the YMA became the owner of many other fossils, minerals, seaweeds, shells, paintings, and articles of historical value. The fact that many specimens were acquired called for a place to display them hence the beginning of a collection that led to the Buffalo Museum of science in existence today.
There was a growing interest in natural sciences, and most people in Buffalo society supported the idea. The society settled in different temporary locations before opening doors to a beautiful state of the art facility on January 19, 1929, currently known as Buffalo Museum of Science. Since 2010, the museum has been on an aggressive path to rebuild all the permanent exhibit experiences and change the previous diorama based exhibits into eight recognized interactive and captivating science studio exhibit spaces. The museum has completed this historical transformation by restoring and reopening the rooftop Kellogg observatory in 2018.
Since the museum was founded, it has been committed to inspiring curiosity through exploration. This was achieved by providing relevant science programming and services to families, children and adults, and schools around the Niagara region. The museum, through its studios, showcases its vast collections of the over 700,000 exhibit and artifacts that represent all the features of the natural world emphasizing on Western New York.
Why? is the greatest question of all people that visit this Museum. Some ask why it is born with curiosity and wonder, and why it moves them forward. For the entire time this Museum has been in existence, it has been a resource for why, answering many over and over. From the exhibits that captivate the eyes to the guiding staff, to a collection that inspires all, these Museum has responded to the questions of all including children, adults and students. This is because it is based on science, and science is about everything.