Buffalo Museum of Science

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Facility:Buffalo Museum of Science
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Address 1:1020 Humboldt Parkway
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City:Buffalo
State/Province:NY
Zip Code:14211-1293
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Telephone:(716) 896-5200
Website:http://www.buffalomuseumofscience.org
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A. Wischmann, Co-op Member
The Buffalo Museum of Science, though one of the older science museums we have been to, is a great destination for homeschoolers.

In particular, the permanent exhibit on Egypt is quite impressive. They have three mummies from the same burial site and do a nice job walking you through what life would have been like for each individual based on their professions.

There is a hands-on room filled with lots of natural science stuff - preserved insects, skeletons, etc., great for kids who like to take their time and inspect things independently. It would be perfect for kids who like to sit and sketch.

There are also some neat computer-based applications to go along with the displays, and though some weren't working which my kids found disappointing, the computer modules that did work were interesting. My kids really enjoyed a CSI-type computer module that allowed them to investigate a crime and a heart rate monitor that allowed them to both see and hear the difference between their own resting heart rate to an elevated heart rate after running in place or doing jumping jacks.

The traveling exhibits we have seen have also be great - the science of sound was well done and had many hands-on activities. The museum also hosted the famous Body Works exhibit.

The museum gift shop and cafe are quite small, but adequate. All in all, the Buffalo Science Museum is worth checking out.
Nancy R, Co-op Member
The Buffalo Science Museum is easy to get to, right off route 33. It's just the right size for a 2-3 hour visit and it wasn't too crowded on a Monday in late August. There were parts of most exhibits that appealed to my 7 and 11 year olds. The feature exhibits are on the second floor but the third and fourth floors are also worth exploring. The museum is part of the ASTC Passport Program, so be sure to check if your local museum membership gets you in for free.
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