10 Free Museums to Check Out During Museum Day Live! in Buffalo

City Guide


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on September 22, 2016

Albright Kox Art Gallery - Mother's Day

Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Step Out Buffalo

When is Museum Day Live?

Saturday, September 24, 2016
This Museum Day Live we have a total of ten participating museums in the Western New York Area. Below find a whole bunch of info including museum hours of operation and the exhibits on display at each from To get free admission to the museum of your choice on Museum Day Live! just fill out your name and email and pick the museum you want admission to using this form, then present the ticket (most will accept tickets on your smartphone) at the door. Use this search page to find museums near you. Enjoy!


Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222  /   716-882-8700  /

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

The Albright–Knox Art Gallery is an art museum located in Buffalo, New York. The museum is a major showplace for modern and contemporary art.
Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford
May 26 – October 2, 2016
Mark Bradford has helped select more than twenty paintings from the Albright-Knox’s important collection of works by Clyfford Still. In adjacent galleries, Bradford presents a group of his own paintings created specifically for this exhibition.
Defining Sculpture
June 18 – October 9, 2016
Featuring works drawn exclusively from the Albright-Knox’s Collection, Defining Sculpture offers a perspective on the medium’s remarkable development and hybridity from the postwar years to the present.
Joan Linder: Operation Sunshine
July 9 – October 30, 2016
Operation Sunshine highlights Buffalo-based artist Joan Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York, and the documents related to such precarious properties.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Buffalo Harbor Museum

66 Erie St, Buffalo, NY, 14202  /   716-849-0914  /  Free everyday  /

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm

The Buffalo Harbor Museum has been established to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of maritime history, art and science and in particular as related to the City of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier. Open to the public, the museum exhibits provide an overview to the history and development of the waterfront while relating artifacts and photographs to the trade and industry that made Buffalo the port of commerce. A research library is maintained by the museum and is open to the public along with regular meetings that feature guest speakers who discuss topics of maritime interest.
The Buffalo Harbor Museum is in a building that was once the home of long-time Buffalo ship chandler Howard H Baker and Company. (The ship chandlery business was central to the existence of dynamic ports and their waterfronts that supplied sails and ropes and other supplies for sailing ships. During contemporary times they deal in goods typical for today’s freighters).
Within is a warm and inviting setting where displays and exhibits provide an overview of the evolution of the Buffalo Waterfront along with artifacts from the vessels that sailed the Great Lakes.
Also, check out our exhibit on the Erie Canal!
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.



Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228  /   716-689-1440  /

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm ‐ 4:30 pm

When you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on our beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.
– Living History Village: 11 Historic Structures open for touring
– Suiting Up: American Uniforms
– Vice and Virtue
– Life on the Erie Canal: Interactive Exhibit
– From Forest to Front Lawn: The Story of Amherst
– Pioneer Kitchen: Interactive Exhibit
– Tuning in and Reaching Out: A Story of Radio and TV
– Decorative Arts Gallery
– Street Of Shops
– How We Moved Here
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY, 14222  /   716-878-6011  /  Burchfield Penney Art Center Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

For 50 years, the Burchfield Penney Art Center has been dedicated to the vision of American master Charles E. Burchfield and to the diverse art and artists of Western New York.
The Center is commemorating this golden anniversary with a full year of special events and exhibitions, beginning with the groundbreaking Blistering Vision: Charles E. Burchfield’s Sublime American Landscapes, which heralds a new interpretation of the artist’s accomplishments. It’s time to celebrate at The Center.
Blistering Vision
Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967) reverently captured the awe-filled grandeur of nature, along with the fierce, deceptive beauty of the industries that threatened it. Blistering Vision brings together sketches and paintings of these sublime landscapes, revealing Burchfield’s work as a bridge to the modern environmental movement. Join us at The Center, the museum of record for Burchfield and home to the largest public collection of his paintings and archives, and experience this groundbreaking exhibition.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum

145 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY, 14203  /   716-842-0969  /  Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum Website

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

The Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum tells the story of “Local 533” and the birth of the Club. You will learn about the many Legends that came here as well as many Local musicians who would become known on the national music scene.
The Museum is a multimedia archive where the visitors can view and interact with artifacts that represent the long history of the club. There are videos to view, many songs played by and sung by the many artists, local musicians and vocalists that came to the Local 533 and the Colored Musicians Club. Enjoy the various touch and play exhibits.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Nash House Museum

36 Nash Street, Buffalo, NY, 14204  /   716-856-4490  /  Nash House Museum Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 11:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

“The Home Where a Community Was Built”
The Nash House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built circa 1900 as a typical two family unit dwelling, but it was what took place inside the home that was anything but typical…
The house has a very special place in the 20th century history of Buffalo’s African-American community. From 1925 until 1987, the residence was the homestead of the Rev. J. Edward Nash, Sr. family. Rev. Nash was the pastor of the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church from 1892 until his retirement in 1953. His widow continued to occupy the home after his death in 1957. She died in 1987.
Rev. Nash’s leadership and presence in Buffalo’s African-American community during the first 50 years of the 20th century earned him legendary status in that community. During most of that period he was the most widely known and respected African-American in the city. Rev. Nash was involved in the efforts to bring branches of the Urban League and the NAACP to Buffalo. He was a long-time leader and treasurer of the Western New York Baptist Association. For 32 years he was secretary of the Ministers Alliance of Buffalo. That inter-racial body was one of the most influential religious groups in Buffalo. Rev. Nash called and led several community political meetings of black Buffalonians to intercede on behalf of local black citizens who were in danger of being wronged because of their race.
Because he was widely respected by the city’s white leadership, Rev. Nash had direct access to the mayor and other local elected officials. He often used his access to elected officials and business leaders to gain benefits for the African-American community and/or its individual citizens.
It is a time capsule of African American home life in the early to mid twentieth century.
Mrs. Nash’s kitchen stove, Rev. Nash’s gramophone, Atwater-Kent radio, the Victrola to over 2000 books plus every sermons he delivered for 58 years.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.



Steel Plant Museum of WNY

100 Lee St., Buffalo, NY, 14210  /   716-821-9361  /  Free everyday  /  Steel Plant Museum of WNY Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

Since 1984, the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York has helped to preserve and document the memories of the newly-extinct steel industry in Western New York. While the majority of the collection is from Bethlehem’s Lackawanna plant, artifacts from Republic Steel, Hanna Furnace, and other local companies are also represented here.
Women of Steel: Women in the Steel Industry
Exhibit open through November 4, 2016
The exhibit charts the evolution of women’s work at the steel plants in Western New York, from the “Rosie” days of World War II to the engineers of the mid-1970s. The exhibit also showcases two extraordinary women in steel plant history: Marion Polakov and Mary Korach. Marion Polakov was the Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America District 4 for 22 years, and with over 40 years at Bethlehem Steel’s Lackawanna Plant, Mary Korach was the company’s longest-serving female employee. The exhibit features artifacts from these women’s time with the steel plants, the story behind “Rosie the Riveter,” and a gallery wall showing pictures of women at the plants throughout the years.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


The Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Ct., Buffalo, NY, 14216  /   716-873-9644  /  The Buffalo History Museum Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

Experiencing History with You!
An inspired group of history makers founded The Buffalo History Museum (TBHM) in 1862. They assembled a unique collection of regional paintings, photographs, artifacts, and manuscripts to share with researchers and the public. To accommodate the organization’s rapid growth more space was needed. An ideal opportunity for a new, larger space presented itself during planning for the great exposition at the turn of the 19th century. Local architect George Cary designed the New York State Building, host for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition which was to remain as a permanent home for local history. With the enlarged space, TBHM’s mission expanded and exhibitions emerged as a priority.
Quilts: Techniques & Styles
Guests will view some of the museum’s most notable quilts, explore how they were created, and learn about the hidden stories they contain. In keeping with museum best practices when conserving textiles, all quilts and clothing on view will be changed. Essentially three exhibit will take place under the exhibit title, Quilts: Techniques & Styles
Over forty quilts will be displayed throughout the run of the exhibit, each with its own unique history. An interactive touchscreen display will encourage visitors of all ages to explore their symbolism and meaning.
The exhibit will also showcase rarely seen pieces from the collection, including a Buffalo-Made Victorian bedroom suite and a variety of 19th century sewing tools. Other featured objects include textiles in which quilting was used such as a 1960s psychedelic evening dress and 1920s opera coat.
Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press”
After more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert are moving to his hometown of Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo History Museum will house the exhibit, “Inside Tim Russert’s Office”
The office re-creation includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos.
The John R. Oishei Native American Gallery
This permanent installation traces the region’s history through its first inhabitants, while focusing on the formation and evolution of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Highlights of the exhibit include a walk-in longhouse, a dazzling gustoweh (headdress) display, and Seneca Orator Red Jacket’s cherished peace medal.
Neighbors: The People of Erie County
Exploring the region’s rich ethnic and cultural heritage through the traditions and stories of immigrant Germans, Poles, Italians, African Americans, Irish, Asian, Balkan and many other groups as they formed a community here.
Street of Shops
Experience some of Buffalo’s 19th century shops and businesses, including Buffalo Savings Bank., Adam, Meldrum & Company, and Millard Fillmore’s carriage. Generous funding from The Junior League of Buffalo supported the Street of Shops.
The John R. Oishei Pioneer Gallery
Pioneer life in Buffalo Creek Village is interpreted anew with fresh signage, a full-wall mural depicting rural life, as well as the beloved and iconic blacksmith’s shop and weaver’s cottage. New elements include hands-on activities in the recreated Post Office and Crow Tavern. Enter into this world and become transfixed.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14202  /   716-884-0095  /  Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm ‐ 5:00 pm

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site preserves and interprets the place where, on September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th president of the United States in Buffalo, NY. This oath of office marked the beginning of one of America’s most influential and best-known presidencies. Come visit the TR Site and travel back to 1901 Buffalo, touring this historic home as Theodore Roosevelt is here as a guest. An immersive guided tour and self-guided exhibits tell the story of how these events came to occur in Buffalo, and explores Theodore Roosevelt’s lasting legacy to our country.
Several restored rooms represent the home at the time of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1901 inauguration, including the actual site of the swearing-in.
The tour also includes audio and video bringing the event to life, and self-guided programs which allow visitors to explore the impact of TR’s presidency on the nation, in his era, and into the present day.
Historic home is available by guided tour only. Tours every half-hour, starting at 12:00 pm, with the final tour beginning at 4:00 pm.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.


Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, NY, 14120  /   716-693-1885  /  Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Website »

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

Housed in the original Allan Herschell Company factory building, the museum presents exhibits, demonstrations, special events and Children’s Gallery activities to celebrate the history of carrousel and amusement ride manufacture in North Tonawanda.
Exhibits include 24 hand carved carrousel animals, the company carving shop, the Wurlitzer band organ roll making equipment and an outdoor exhibit of 4 restored kiddie rides.
Visitors may ride our 1916 hand carved carousel and listen to the sounds of a vintage band organ.
This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.
Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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