overview of the museum
It’s a new day for play in Western New York as the Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum opens at Canalside this spring. The all-new 43,000 square foot world-class children’s museum takes play seriously, with four floors of fun to explore with hands-on interactives that encourage children aged 0-12 to learn through play. The Museum features seven educational play zones that offer hands-on exhibits that tell the unique story of Buffalo and what makes us proud to be from Western New York. The Museum’s zones reveal stories of our region’s history, geography, culture, agriculture, architecture, athletics, commerce and innovation through exhibits that celebrate the power and benefits of play.
Built on the historic footprint of the Prime Slip where natural and human forces shaped our waterfront and innovation shaped our city, Explore & More 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.