Get Cultured: 8 Essential Exhibits in Buffalo

City Guide, Culture & Arts, For Kids, Museums


Written by Jason Hugar

Published on April 14, 2014

A Guide to Western New York Art & Attractions 

Part of what makes Buffalo beautiful is its eclectic culture mixed with blue-collar values. Where else can you talk about art and literature over a beer while watching football and hockey? As we all wait and wonder over the future of the Sabres and the Bills, consider stepping out into some of Western New York’s artistic and inventive attractions.


Burchfield Penney Art Center

716-878-6011  |  1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

Get in touch with technology on the Buffalo State campus this spring. Two exciting exhibits are blurring the lines between artistry and construction by stimulating our imaginations through machinery.

The Semi-Automatic Chalkboard is the creation of Buffalo-based artist Timothy Noble, and remains on display until May 25th. Each morning a meticulously rendered chalk drawing is erased from the blackboard. Then, with implements from the modern world, Mr. Noble’s open source software and servo motors kick into gear, creating a fresh representation of Charles Burchfield’s preparatory sketches for Grain Elevators 1932-38. Check out this automated exhibit and witness the work that goes into the work itself.

For something a little more interactive, try Colleen Ludwig’s Shiver continuing at the gallery through June 22nd. Find yourself bordered by three walls, bounded in streams of running water, and tracked by 35 infrared sensors connected to your movements within the installation. Meant to evoke a personal experience, Ms. Ludwig says on, “I love the idea that the room is reacting to your presence.” Plunge into Burchfield Penney and connect with Shiver before the end of June.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am-5pm. Thursday: 10am-9pm and Sunday 1-5pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays.



Buffalo Museum of Science

716-896-5200   |   1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo

Head out to see what’s new this year at the Museum. There probably have been a few changes since you last visited, so rediscover your scientific vision, and engage your inner Einstein.

Boasting the largest collection of mummies and mummy related artifacts, Mummies of the World promises to be one of the most unique exhibitions to come to Buffalo this year. A collection of 45 human and animal mummies from around the planet will descend on the museum starting April 12th. Organizers of the exhibit suggest that parents view the exhibition first, before deciding to bring children. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. See it twice, because this limited engagement exhibit will only be here until September.


If Mummies of the World is a little too intense for the little ones, then consider stopping in and trying out all of the museum’s new kid-friendly presentations. The In Motion exhibit offers exciting car races and crash test simulators, while Bug Works presents the wonderful world of insects with seven interactive displays. These are just two of the many fun and stimulating activities for children the museum has to offer.

The Buffalo Museum of Science is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm.



Albright-Knox Art Gallery

716-882-8700   |   1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

Perhaps you are looking for something heavy in substance and deep in social awareness. Among the many thought-provoking exhibits at the Albright-Knox this spring, two in particular stand out.

Millie Chen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at UB, brings her most current work Tour to the gallery through June 1st. This audio-video installation asks us to explore the complexities of perishable time as it relates to genocide, and our perception of human cruelty. The exhibition promises to fully touch your senses, so stand ready to be moved and engaged in the experience.

Rounding out the month of May and also ending on June 1st is the special exhibition, One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors. A celebration of women artists, the collection studies the intricacies of relationships and the attributes of female existence. Included in the collection are a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture, to performance and photography. Reflect and be inspired by the passion revealed in this exhibit presented on First Fridays at the Gallery.

The Albright Knox Art Gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday. On First Fridays gallery hours are from 10am-10pm.



The Buffalo History Museum

716-873-9644   |   1 Museum Ct., Buffalo

It’s not often that hockey and war cross paths, but there’s a first time for everything. Slapshots and soldiers, Tim Horton and Red Jacket are just a couple of the odd combinations getting together at the History Museum right now.

Hockey fans wanting to know how it all began should skate on over to Forging a Connection: Your Buffalo Sabres 1970-75 exhibit in State Court at the museum. Jerseys, hockey sticks, and other artifacts collide against the framework of eleven foot tall murals celebrating the team’s infancy. Discover the origins of the French Connection, and examine the Knox brothers’ initial team proposal up close, but get there soon. The collection and all its artifacts will be returned on May 25th.

By Fire & Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814 exposes our region’s importance in America’s second war for independence. Using green screen technology and Google Nexus tablets to wed history with the present, this modern exhibit is sure to please everyone. Just because this exhibition continues until next year, doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute. Get out now and have some fun learning about Buffalo’s turbulent and tortured past.

The Buffalo History Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-5pm. Wednesdays 10am-8pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.



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