Play Into Possibilities, and never stop exploring!

Kids under 10 learn through hands-on play at Explore & More Children’s Museum in Buffalo, New York. Inside you’ll find four floors, seven permanent exhibits that change with the seasons, a rotating exhibit and most importantly, hours and hours of fun.

location

130 main street
buffalo, ny 14202
(716) 655-5131

admission

Tickets available daily at the Museum Admissions desk.

adults & children (ages 1 & up): $11
children under age 1: free
explore & more members: free*

hours

Monday, Wednesday – Friday*: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed for reserved school groups
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* First Friday of the Month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Annual Cleaning & Maintenance
The museum will be closed Labor Day week for annual cleaning and exhibit maintenance.

hotel accommodations

Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo Downtown/Canalside*
One Canalside, 125 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 840-9566
*Stay & play package: Experience a fun family-filled day at Explore & More Children’s when you stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo Downtown/Canalside. Receive up to 4 museum tickets, up to 4 breakfast vouchers, valet parking and more! Click here for more details on the stay & play package.

Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown
220 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 855-2223

exhibits

The whole family can join in the fun of child-led play in the seven educational play zones through hands-on exhibits. Explore regional history and geography. Examine culture, commerce and innovation. Learn by doing in the fields of athletics, architecture and agriculture.

being good neighbors

This child-sized street has three homes that look similar from the outside, but inside you’ll find that their furnishings, decorations and traditions are very different. The homes invite us to celebrate differences and explore similarities among our neighbors.

moving water

Our iconic two-story waterfall cascades down into a water table where children of all ages learn about the Erie Canal, how locks work and how electricity is produced.

playing together

Families can run, move, play and see what it feels like to be a part of sports teams. Try on gear from different teams to imagine yourself as different kinds of athletes, or join in the fun by trying out different sports challenges with your friends.

Boy using hand crank to generate electricity

lighting buffalo’s imagination

Explore STEM concepts through experimentation, inspired by the innovators of the past and spark the creative and inventive possibilities of the future.

building buffalo

Be inspired by Buffalo’s storied architectural history. Work together to construct your own great structures out of different building materials. Step into a construction zone and design, experiment and build anything imaginable, including a bridge, a house and a city. Imagine yourself as the next great architect, builder or urban planner.

farm to fork

Follow your food from farm to table! On our farm you can plant, grow and harvest your crops, as well as care for a milking cow and some chickens. Load your produce onto a small-scale huckster truck and sell it at the farmer’s market. If all that work builds up your appetite, cook your farm-fresh finds in our farmhouse play kitchen.

rooftop terrace

The fourth floor terrace offers unprecedented views of of the Buffalo city skyline with a crystal clear view of the fireworks show at the Buffalo Bisons’ Sahlen Field. The zone has a barn feature, a windmill, wind and music instruments, along with various plantings to soak up the sunshine.

more ways to play

Join us every day for fun and engaging open studio times in our Cooking Galley, Art Studio and Tinkering Tank spaces for hands-on creative play time. Open studio times are included with admission. There will also be paid classes with take home projects available by online reservation.

Weekly, monthly and seasonal events provide even more ways to play – and especially our school break programming!

Jul
7
Tue
Virtual Show & Tell @ Zoom
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Virtual Show & Tell Tuesdays

Virtual Show and Tell Tuesdays

Who is ready for some show and tell!? We will be hosting Show & Tell Tuesdays on Zoom each week at 10AM. The virtual program is free and open to anyone!

Just register for the zoom event and have your little one bring a sanity saver they’ve made, their favorite stuffed animal or anything else they might like to share!

They will have time to show and tell all about their special item! Our museum facilitator will keep things moving along!

It is a great way for children to interact with others during these challenging times.

Ideal ages for this event would be between 3 and 8.

There is a limit of 15 children each week so be sure to register!

Click here to register.

Jul
10
Fri
Au-Some Evenings
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 motor activities. Explore & More will also have a social narrative about the new museum and its play zones, quiet kits, as well as calming sensory friendly spaces in the museum.

Click here to reserve your family’s spot at our next Au-Some Evening!  Questions? Please email accessibility@exploreandmore.org

Au-Some Evenings are brought to us through the generous support of the Summit Center, the J.M. McDonald and Hamister Foundations, and the Maria Love Convalescent Fund.

 

Jul
13
Mon
Art Camp
Jul 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This creative week-long drop-off program is designed to expose children to different forms of art. Participants in this program will experience pottery, painting, musical arts and so much more – all while exploring our seven play zones!

Recommended Age Range: 5-7 years old

Date: July 13 – July 17 (Monday – Friday)

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Price per child: $275 per child (non-member); $250 per child (member)

Notes:

  • All children must be potty trained
  • Early drop off (8:00am) and late pick up (till 5:30pm) is available at a rate of $25/half hour
  • Registered participants will be required to fill out emergency contact paperwork and other required documents prior to the first day of camp. Participants who do not have the paperwork filled out will not be allowed to attend.
  • Lunch is not included and will need to be sent with the participant each day.
  • This is a drop-off program.
Jul
14
Tue
Art Camp
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This creative week-long drop-off program is designed to expose children to different forms of art. Participants in this program will experience pottery, painting, musical arts and so much more – all while exploring our seven play zones!

Recommended Age Range: 5-7 years old

Date: July 13 – July 17 (Monday – Friday)

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Price per child: $275 per child (non-member); $250 per child (member)

Notes:

  • All children must be potty trained
  • Early drop off (8:00am) and late pick up (till 5:30pm) is available at a rate of $25/half hour
  • Registered participants will be required to fill out emergency contact paperwork and other required documents prior to the first day of camp. Participants who do not have the paperwork filled out will not be allowed to attend.
  • Lunch is not included and will need to be sent with the participant each day.
  • This is a drop-off program.
Virtual Show & Tell @ Zoom
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Virtual Show & Tell Tuesdays

Virtual Show and Tell Tuesdays

Who is ready for some show and tell!? We will be hosting Show & Tell Tuesdays on Zoom each week at 10AM. The virtual program is free and open to anyone!

Just register for the zoom event and have your little one bring a sanity saver they’ve made, their favorite stuffed animal or anything else they might like to share!

They will have time to show and tell all about their special item! Our museum facilitator will keep things moving along!

It is a great way for children to interact with others during these challenging times.

Ideal ages for this event would be between 3 and 8.

There is a limit of 15 children each week so be sure to register!

Click here to register.

frequently asked questions

Amtrak: Explore & More is located approximately three blocks (0.3 miles) from the Exchange Street Station (BFX); an estimated 5 minute walk.

With three Amtrak trains traveling daily between Niagara Falls, NY (38 minute ride), Rochester, NY (1 hour 25 minute ride), Syracuse, NY (2 hour 44 minute) – and 20 minute rides between Buffalo’s Exchange St. Station and Depew Station running seven days a week – Amtrak is an excellent option for those visiting us for the day from across the WNY region.

Greyhound Bus: We are located approximately five blocks away from the Greyhound Bus Station, located at Ellicott and North Division Streets in downtown Buffalo; an estimated 11 minute walk.

Public parking lots, ramps and street parking are located throughout Canalside and are a short walk from the Museum. Special events may increase parking prices in public lots.

Visit Low Bridge Cafe on the ground floor with food offerings designed to please both kids and adults alike. For health and safety purposes, food and drinks are not permitted on the museum floor. Hot beverages can be particularly dangerous! No outside food or beverage is permitted in the museum.

Members with an Association of Children’s Museum Reciprocal Membership may receive 50% off general admission for up to six (6) people. Card holder must be present.

Explore & More IS NOT a member of the ASTC (Association of Science & Technology Centers). Click here for a full list of museums that are members of ASTC.

Our exhibits are developed with children developmentally 12 years and younger in mind.

Explore & More is designed with the needs of every individual in mind. We offer quiet rooms located within our second floor Moving Waters exhibit space, and in our fourth floor Farm to Fork exhibit.

Changing tables are available in restrooms on all floors of the museum. An adult weighted changing table (up to 250 lbs.) is available on our second floor. We request that you use these areas for changing and not museum exhibit space.

Every child is different and visits can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.