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!

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum opens Spring 2019 at Canalside at the heart of the city’s waterfront.

The four-story, 43,000 square foot museum features seven educational play zones offering hands-on exhibits that tell the story of Western New York – the importance of our waterways, community, culture, traditions, architecture, agriculture, sports, industries and innovations.

A world-class children’s museum that celebrates the power of child-led play and exploration, Explore & More was designed to be hands-on and family friendly.

Built on the historic footprint of the Prime Slip, it sits at the crossroads between canals and bridges that have become year-round community destinations on the city’s waterfront.

The museum is the perfect place to learn about the region’s past roots as an innovative port at the turn of the century and its critical role in America’s expansion west, while using hands-on play to spark the imagination and unlock the unlimited potential of our next generation of great minds.

Construction is on schedule and getting more and more exciting as our future starts to takes shape and the building is up, the walls are in and the exhibits are arriving! 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! We’re so grateful for the generosity of our community who have helped bring this vision to life!

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.