Looking for some entertaining, educational activities to enjoy with your children or grandkids this summer? Explore & More – the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum is expected to welcome visitors to its new 43,000-square-foot home at Canalside in downtown Buffalo later this month.
The new museum—which was made possible thanks to $6 million in matching grant funds from the foundation of the late Ralph Wilson—will include seven educational play zones with hands-on exhibits and activities that cover a wide variety of topics such as gardening, the arts, engineering and history. Many of the exhibits are focused on issues and ideas that are important to the residents of Western New York, such as a moving water exhibit that explores how waterways have “fueled our city’s prosperity and innovation.”
Explore & More will also feature several interactive spaces including a cooking galley, art studio and a “tinkering tank” where children can learn how to fix, take apart and troubleshoot everyday objects in a safe, supervised environment. Explore and More can accommodate up to 800 children at once, and museum officials hope to attract roughly a quarter-million visitors each year.
Located on the Buffalo waterfront, the four-story museum was constructed on the terminus of the original Erie Canal.
One-time admission to the museum will cost $11, and families can purchase an annual membership for $125 that also grants access to other children’s museums from around the country. You can read about the new exhibits and take a virtual tour of the museum on the Explore & More website.