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. Construction is on schedule and getting more and more exciting as our future starts to takes shape and the building is up! The core and shell of the building will be completed this summer. The interior build out of the museum will be completed in December of 2018 with exhibit installations occurring from December through March. We will have “soft openings” for small select groups to help test exhibits as they are installed floor by floor, and allow our team to perform safety checks, determine occupancy and train floor staff. Doors will then open to the broader public in the spring of 2019. We’re excited about the progress that’s being made at our soon-to-be new home at Canalside! Thank you to all of our members, donors,supporters and friends who have made this amazing journey possible!

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.