Buffalo Religious Arts Center Tour

Fri, Aug 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Admission starts at: $7
Buffalo Religious Arts Center • 157 East Street, Buffalo 14217


The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was founded in 2008 with the mission of preserving religious works of art from former houses of worship.  Enjoy a guided tour of stained glass windows, statuary, oil and watercolor paintings and murals, many created by European immigrants of early 20th Century Buffalo.  The Center collects art from all denominations and is one of the only galleries in the United States dedicated to the preservation of religious art.

Buffalo Religious Arts Center is housed in the former St. Francis Xavier Church, a Romanesque Revival Basilica built in 1913.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tour is approximately one hour in length. This tour meets at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo, NY, 14207.  Parking is available in the lot next to the school building.Sacred Spaces Tour Prices: 

  • General Admission: $17
  • Explorer Pass Member Admission: $12
  • Children & Students: $7

Note that proceeds from each Sacred Spaces tour are shared with the participating house of worship to support maintenance of their historic building.

Tour Procedures & Policies: 

  • Reservations are required for all tours, including for Explorer Pass members. Walk-ups without reservations cannot be accommodated. Tours are generally limited to a maximum of 15 people per group.
    • Reservations close two hours before the tour’s scheduled start time (for example, reservations close at 8am for a 10am tour).
    • Reservations can be made online; please email or call (716) 245-3032 if you need assistance.
    • If you have an Explore Buffalo walking pass (orange or blue), please email to reserve your tour.
    • The Explore Buffalo docent for your tour will have a list of tour reservations for their tour; you do not need to print or bring any tour confirmation.
  • Children & Student Admission is for children ages 6-18 or college students with a valid student ID. Children ages 5 and under are free and do not require a reservation.
  • Accessibility: Please contact us at or (716) 245-3032 if you plan to attend this tour and will require accommodations or if you have questions about accessibility.
  • If you feel ill or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend any Explore Buffalo tours. We will be happy to refund your reservation or welcome you to join us at a later date.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. In the event of weather that requires a tour cancellation, we will contact registered tour guests in advance of the tour.
  • See our FAQs page for our refund policy and answers to other questions.
  • By confirming your reservation for any Explore Buffalo tour, you acknowledge and accept Explore Buffalo’s tour policies.
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