Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works—it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
Since 1861, the Buffalo Society of Natural Science has culled more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts from around the world. These treasures now reside in the Buffalo Museum of Science which opened its doors in 1929. The museum allows visitors to explore anthropology, paleontology, and zoology, with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara region.
Special exhibits inspire curiousity in guests by exploring the world around them through hands-on education. Nano, for example, explains the basics of nanoscience and the way it impacts our lives. Opened in March 2012, the Explore YOU health science studio teaches visitors about their own bodies as they study recent medical technologies that help keep the human race healthy. Our Marvelous Earth, on the other hand, focuses on geological phenomena, extreme weather, and alternative forms of energy via displays and interactive exhibits where guests will have a chance to experience tornado-force winds. The newest exhibit to explore is In Motion which motivates children to learn how things move by interacting with gravity machines, car races, and a fluid dynamics simulator. Elsewhere, Seymour (a 10-foot tall mastodon) and Stanley (a 16-foot long albertosaurus) give kids a glimpse of some really, really, really old bones. For a more relaxing experience, visitors can check out the National Geographic 3D Cinema presented by M&T Bank for rotating titles. During the next few years, the museum will continue to add new exhibits and improve others with interactive technologies.
Curators at Memorial Art Gallery compile a vibrant collection that balances contemporary works with exhibits spanning more than 5,000 years of international art. The biennial exhibition honors 100 contributions—nearly triple the number of works displayed in 2007 and 2009—from artists currently working out of western and central New York. A pair of jurors representing both the commercial and academic art worlds has anchored the event around paintings, prints, and drawings, which are then weighted by down sculptures, video, and macaroni models of the solar system. Start staring contests with the imposing figures in veteran artist Joy Adams's meticulous landscape paintings, or wonder at newcomer Dale Inglett’s impressionistic images of light on the human body.
The Benjaman Gallery helps collectors and artists preserve their purchases and pièces de résistance in sophisticated style with conservation-quality custom framing. Hundreds of moulding styles fly in V formation across the walls of the gallery’s framing area, flocking to prized artworks waiting in the wings for their living-room-wall debuts. From watercolored landscapes to charcoal sketches of hockey fights, today’s deal accommodates pieces up to 18”x24” and includes frame, mat, Plexiglas or glass, and foam-core backing. Oil paintings up to 24”x30” can also find their finishing touch with trims from major brands such as Bendix, Nielsen, and Crescent.
In 1965, a small group of scientists gathered to create artificial seawater at the Aquarium of Niagara. They wanted to open an inland aquarium that could host the same types of sea creatures found on the coast, and so they applied their technology on a large scale. Today, the Aquarium of Niagara pumps this synthetic seawater through tanks hosting a variety of indigenous salt-water dwellers, including sea horses, harbor seals, sea lions, and Navy SEALS. While visitors marvel at both the salt-water and freshwater creatures, they learn about diverse aquatic terrain and conservation efforts. A weekly schedule of animal activities allows guests to witness animals in action, from California sea-lion and goldfish training to penguin and shark feedings.
On Tours of Niagara Falls' expeditions, participants can look down on the iconic waterfall from a helicopter or follow a footpath behind its massive curtain of water. Boat rides offer a perspective from calmer water, and the views from the observation deck are far preferable to the views from a surfboard.
However, the company's guided tours occasionally eschew the waterfall in favor of other local landmarks. To wit, a winery tour highlights local vintages, and a wintertime tour showcases holiday-lights festivals. Even those tours centered on the waterfall make stops at other scenic locales, such as a butterfly conservatory.