Buffalo Museum of Science

1020 Humbolt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211
Phone: (716) 896-5200
Kathy Leacock - 716 896 5200 x376 - kleacock@sciencebuff.org

Buffalo Museum of Science


The Buffalo Museum of Science, through collections, research, education and interpretation, provides opportunities for all people to develop a scientific understanding of the natural and cultural world with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara Region. The Museum challenges everyone to use their knowledge of science to enhance respect for each other and the environment. The Museum's Research Library holdings reflect the areas of the Museum's research including: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, botany, geology, invertebrate zoology, museology, mycology, paleontology, and vertebrate zoology. The Museum receives over 400 journal titles each year and the collection covers the topics listed above, as well as science education, other museums' publications, and local and affiliated scientific society publications.

Buffalo Museum of Science is a member of the Western New York Library Resources Council.


Bentley Snow Crystal Collection

Snow crystal images and their associated documentation taken by Wilson A. Bentley in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Charles Rand Penney Trail

Charles Rand Penney was a prominent collector. The Charles Rand Penney Trail unites his collections of Pan-American Exposition souvenirs, Papua New Guinea artifacts, Niagara County historical items, Larkin Company ephemera, and Niagara Falls artwork.

Children viewing Stuffy the Buffalo

Collection of nitrate film images from the Buffalo Museum of Science collection

Trilobite fossil

The ground beneath our feet in western New York is ancient, some layers having formed over 440 million years ago. Each layer from the Queenston Formation (440 Mya) in the Niagara Gorge to the Olean Formation (295 Mya) along the Southern Tier has recorded the history of changing marine environments, preserved strange creatures, and bears witness to the uplift and formation of mountains and several mass extinctions.