The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum gives visitors a view of the inner workings of a company whose products became part of the American amusement landscape throughout much of the twentieth century. A network of seven different interconnected structures, the museum occupies the production facilities of the Allan Herschell Company, the carrousel cartel credited with thawing icy relations between humans and horses. Examine exhibits such as the Lockman Collection, an assemblage of 20 different hand-carved creatures that illustrates the stylistic evolution of carrousel animals, and the Wurlitzer Music Roll Shop, showcasing manufacturing equipment and more than 1,600 hand-punched music rolls designed to coax wooden beasts from their lumber slumber. Admission to the museum includes a complimentary ride on one of two on-site carrousels: a 1940s-era aluminum ride equipped with miniature mounts for kids only, and a carrousel sporting 36 adult-sized steeds that dates to 1916, the year it was discovered that horses aren't poisonous.
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.
The meticulous frame fashioners at Framing & Art Centre construct high-quality homes for treasured artwork, awards, and memorabilia. After perusing the surplus of frame and mat samples, customers can choose the design that best complements their masterpiece. College graduates and traffic-school alumni will appreciate Framing & Art Centre's diploma-framing services (around $100+); personalized sports-jersey framing (around $265+) glorifies retired professional players. Fast, on-site service ensures collectible movie posters (many 24"x36" pieces typically cost under $100) will be framed and back on the wall before their owners can reenact all six Rocky movies. Beyond providing an elegant display, professional framing ensures that collectables will be protected and properly preserved. The staff at Framing & Art Centre gives owners peace of mind with protective products and services such as security hardware for safe hanging, acid-free matting, UV glazing, and shark-bite proofing.
Located in the historic Market Arcade Building, CEPA Gallery welcomes new and experienced photographers and art appreciators to its gallery spaces, exhibitions, workshops, and youth events. Instructors hone student skills on the finer points of point-and-shootery, helping them discover new ways to adjust exposures, compose portraits, and capture eye-catching images. Curators line gallery walls with offerings from diverse artists, invite members and visitors to visit darkroom and lab, and help resident artists avoid inadvertently stealing the essences of passers-by.
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.