COMING SOON: Explore & More at Canalside

Turning dreams into reality, the playful way

The dream of building a new Explore & More Children’s Museum on the Buffalo Waterfront is becoming a reality! Our plans for a new, 43,000 square foot museum in the South Aud Block of Canalside are well underway. We’ve already completed our schematic designs, and have been very successful in our Play It Forward capital campaign. We’re so grateful for the generosity of our community, and also for the many other generous capital gifts that continue to come in.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation broke ground on Explore & More’s new site in March 2017! Our new home will be an incredible boost to our mission—and Buffalo. Here’s just a sampling of the impact our expansion will have.


With new visitors coming to play, Explore & More can have a nearly $90 million economic impact over the next 10 years.


Explore & More will be a public space where children and families from all walks of life can play together. And the impact goes far beyond childhood—people who visit museums are more likely to vote, be active in their communities and volunteer as adults.


Today, 50% of children in the city of Buffalo enter kindergarten at a remedial level. Studies show that kindergarteners who visit a museum—even if it’s only once—have higher achievement scores by 3rd grade, no matter their socio-economic status.

Get Involved with Canalside

VOLUNTEER. You can get involved by volunteering at the museum or on one of our committees. We have immediate openings available in our Docent Program. Learn more.

SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS. For more information about getting involved, attend a Show & Tell presentation. Learn more.