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Museum Hours (June 2024)

☀️ Open: Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm (Members Only at 9:30am)
☀️ Super Sweet Sundays – Open: June 30: 10am-4pm (Members Only at 9:30am)
🕙 Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and select Sundays (June 16, June 23)
⭐ Explore & More will be open to the public on Mondays starting July 1


Adults & Children (ages 1 & up): $13
Children under age 1: Free
Explore & More Members: Free
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Explore & More offers free and discounted admission through multiple programs, including annual memberships.

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Welcome to Explore & More!

A world-class children’s museum that celebrates the power of child-led play, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum features four floors of fun in downtown Buffalo. The 43,000 sq. ft. museum sits at the crossroads of replica canals and bridges that have become year-round community destinations at Canalside.

The museum reflects that sense of place with thoughtfully crafted exhibits to create a welcoming community center that invites all families to play, wonder, discover, learn, and grow together.

Hear what our visitors are saying

  • We LOVED so many things about this gem located downtown Buffalo located right near the Rink and military museum. First, the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Everyone takes child safety seriously and the layout of the museum is perfect for small kids who excitedly dart from exhibit to exhibit. Speaking of exhibits, there are so many that I haven't seen elsewhere including the carwash, Erie Canal water play, and more. This museum would be great for ages 11 and under. So much to learn and so much to play with. Also, very clean and new. I highly recommend. We will go back! Edited to add we spent 3 hours here but could spend more!

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    Melissa Macdonald Avatar Melissa Macdonald
    September 23, 2023
  • Awesome experience. Very clean, kids and adults had a blast. Can't wait to go back.

    Michael K Avatar Michael K
    January 15, 2023
  • So fun for kids!

    Jamie Erickson Avatar Jamie Erickson
    February 15, 2023
  • We were visiting Buffalo and had a group of 9 kids ranging in ages from 1-12. They all had a blast here! There was a great mix of activities: fine motor, gross motor, art, pretend play, experiential. We especially liked the car wash and making parachutes in the tinker room. The treehouse is a fun play area, and the kids had a blast on the merry-go-round and racing through the obstacle lanes. My friend commented that the café was a kid’s dream- they offer pizza, chips, go-gurt, juice boxes, lunchables, fruit snacks, uncrustables, and candy. We sampled it all and enjoyed the fare. Staff was friendly and fun. Several of them stopped their tasks to play with the kids, and it made the kids feel special. If we lived here, we would definitely become members. This place has a lot to offer!

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    Mary King Avatar Mary King
    April 22, 2023
  • I took my 5 and 6 year old yesterday for the first time. They LOVED it!! The exhibits were interactive and engaging and kept them busy for hours! In terms of COVID - workers were CONSTANTLY sanitizing everything and there were rules for social distancing, which made us feel safe. We especially loved the crafting rooms - lots of unlimited supplies for creating and recreating. Overall, the place was gorgeous, the lay out was great, and the activities were a great mix of play and education. We will definitely be going back! The kids are curious to see what the rooftop set up is all about during the warmer weather months. 😁😁

    Luanne Strusa Avatar Luanne Strusa
    February 18, 2021
Field trips are back! Please be aware that it will be busier than usual. | Explore & More will be closed on Sunday, June 16.