Calendar

Check out our calendar below for special programs and activities to plan your fun-filled adventure, or just pop by any day we’re open during our regular museum hours—we promise you’ll always find something to do.

Tickets

Advance ticket purchases are required. You can purchase tickets here.

Museum Hours

Hours of Operation:

New hours!
Open:
Monday 10 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Members Only:
Saturday 9:30 AM – 10 AM

Holiday Hours:
The museum is closed on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Recurring

Waterway Wednesdays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us in Moving Water every Wednesday from 10 AM - Noon as we learn about the Erie Canalway and the surrounding waterways which have crafted Buffalo and the Western New York region into the wonderful place that it is today! Supported by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation.

Folk Art Fridays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us at Explore & More for FOLK ART FRIDAYS every Friday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, as we conduct activities that will immerse children and families in different forms of folk art, from dance and movement to songs and storytelling, to costuming and crafts.  Don't miss out on the fun! Participation is FREE with paid admission.  Better yet, become a member Read more about Folk Art Fridays »

Recurring

Members Only Playtime

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Members-only playtime means that our members get access to all the fun and play the museum has to offer, just with other members!  This special members-only playtime is a perk that comes free with every membership.

Recurring

STEM Saturday presented by National Grid

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

  Get those wheels turning this weekend with STEM based activities that power the play across the museum the third Saturday of each month presented by National Grid. Come play your way through Science, Technology, Engineering & Math based activities that are so fun, kids don’t even know they’re learning!

Recurring

Waterway Wednesdays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us in Moving Water every Wednesday from 10 AM - Noon as we learn about the Erie Canalway and the surrounding waterways which have crafted Buffalo and the Western New York region into the wonderful place that it is today! Supported by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation.

Paper Airplane Day

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Fold your own paper airplane in Tinkering Tank and then testing them at newest exhibit Fun is in the Air!

Folk Art Fridays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us at Explore & More for FOLK ART FRIDAYS every Friday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, as we conduct activities that will immerse children and families in different forms of folk art, from dance and movement to songs and storytelling, to costuming and crafts.  Don't miss out on the fun! Participation is FREE with paid admission.  Better yet, become a member Read more about Folk Art Fridays »

Musical Exploration Day

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Ever wonder what it’s like to play the violin? Have your child’s fingers been dreaming of the trumpet? Now you can find out with this hands-on Instrument Zoo at Explore & More from 10 AM - 12 PM. Local high school musicians and staff will demonstrate the instruments of the orchestra and give you the opportunity to try them out for yourself. Read more about Musical Exploration Day »

Recurring

Members Only Playtime

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Members-only playtime means that our members get access to all the fun and play the museum has to offer, just with other members!  This special members-only playtime is a perk that comes free with every membership.

Mission to Mars: STEAM Family Workshop

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Mission To Mars: Greetings Space Cadets! Have you ever wanted to go to outer space? Join us as we take a look at modern day space missions that will eventually take humans to Mars. On this mission you will create your own rockets, space buggies, and a Mars base camp all while learning about the science behind these activities. Presented Read more about Mission to Mars: STEAM Family Workshop »

Recurring

Au-Some Evening

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Once a month, our special Au-Some Evenings give children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Families will have access to the museum space and play zones, including our cafe. Featured activities include a music center, therapy dogs, art projects and gross Read more about Au-Some Evening »

Free

Touch a Truck 2022

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Trucks, trucks and more trucks! Join us for this FREE family friendly event at Canalside on June 18th, from 10 AM - 2 PM.Come see, touch and explore over 50 vehicles with giveaways, activities and surprises for the whole family! If you are interested in a sponsorship or looking for more information, please contact [email protected]

It's field trip season! Be advised the museum is generally quieter in the afternoon than the morning.TICKETS