Other than restoring the original front doors of the Buffalo Museum of Science (BMS), the next best project is the restoration of the museum’s rooftop observatory and telescope. The museum recently launched the See It Through campaign, which is designed to get the observatory and telescope back up and running. Once operational, the restored observatory will be a major draw for the museum, bringing people from near and far to view the celestial skies.
In order to get the observatory and adjoining exhibit space up and running, $1.2 million is required. The sum is part of an overall four-year, public $7 million capital campaign goal, that is intended to bring all of the museum’s permanent exhibit galleries (8 in total) up to speed. The museum will open its seventh studio on biodiversity in the fall of 2015.
In order to jumpstart the observatory funding momentum, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation has launched a $350,000 Challenge Grant, which puts the See It Through campaign in good stead.
“We have been on a very aggressive target to update all eight of our permanent exhibit spaces,” said BMS CEO Mark Mortenson. “Beginning in 2012, we have successfully opened six permanent exhibits with the generous support of private and corporate donations. Now we ask the community to help see our vision through by contributing to the restoration of our rooftop observatory and telescope. We’re so grateful to the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for their $350,000 challenge grant to help kick-start our efforts achieve this goal.”
The museum’s circa 1930 rooftop observatory has been closed for over fifteen years, which means that there are plenty of Buffalonians who are not even aware that the feature even exists. This is truly an exciting endeavor for the museum, that will bring the facility into a new current age – an age when the search for new planets, solar systems, galaxies and life is ever-present.
“The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation has a long history of supporting the cultural sector in our community, and we are especially pleased to assist the Science Museum with their efforts to restore the observatory and complete their four-year transformation,” said the Foundation Trustees; Thomas D. Lunt, Janet L. Day, and Robert J. Kresse.
Tax-deductible donations to the See It Through campaign may be made online at www.seeitthroughbuffalo.org, by phone at 716.896.5200 x385, or by mail to the See It Through Campaign, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211.