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Buffalo Talks – Plans Underway at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Want to get the inside scoop on the incredible happenings at the Buffalo Museum of Science? Then get on board with Buffalo Talks, a speaking series dedicated to movers and shakers in Buffalo. Up next is guest speaker Marisa Wigglesworth, the new president and CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science. The feature topics will include the plans for the restoration of the historic Kellogg Observatory, as well as plans for the final science studio (focused on space and aerospace). 

These projects will mark the Museum’s largest transformation in the Society’s 154-year history.

The plan, currently underway, is to convert the museum’s permanent galleries into flex spaces that can be changed up in accordance to the interactive needs of the exhibitors. The restoration of the observatory is the culmination of the aforementioned multi-million dollar ‘See It Through Campaign’ (see video below) that will forever change the interactive nature of the museum. The future of the museum is looking brighter than ever, as is the museum’s safeguarded bounty, which currently yields 700,000 artifacts.

Hopefully, in the near future, there will be additional news on the restoration of the museum’s original entryway. The grand entrance was once a dramatic focal point of Olmsted’s Humboldt Parkway, before the parkway was decimated to make way for an expressway. Ultimately, the ill fate of the parkway led to about-face of the museum – a travesty that will one day be rectified.

Buffalo Talks – Buffalo Museum of Science

Marisa’s talk on the Museum’s plans is being held on April 5, 12 noon, at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square.

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Guest Speaker: Marisa Wigglesworth

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  • Randy503

    Great news! I have always been disappointed in this museum. They have made attempts to have good exhibits over the years, but it remains small and there is no real “story” there.

    I realize it can’t be a national or even a regional attraction, but it can certainly be the best local natural and science music possible. At a minimum, it should tell the story of the peoples who were here before the white man arrived — how the native americans lived, worked, warred, and whatever in western new york. We should know all the tribes and their histories.

    We should also learn about the unique geography of our region and how it has changed over the millennia. How were the Great Lakes formed? What did the glaciers do to the landscape?

    Then there are our basics: What is our soil composed of? What is the rock substrata like? What species of flora and fauna are native to our region? We should know that so that we can plant native species in our gardens, which are far more adaptable to our climate. We should learn what is invasive so that we can avoid them.

    On this, one would think that the Museum could partner with the Garden Walk to help gardeners throughout the region learn what grows best.

    I realize this all takes money. But the ideas come first, and then the money follows.

    • eagercolin

      Why would a science museum feature Native American history?

      • Randy503

        Because many Natural Science museums do. I guess they are considered part of the rocks and trees or something.

        • eagercolin

          Exactly. Probably not an idea we should perpetuate.

      • Johnny Pizza

        I would compare it to the place I went to in Williamsburg, Virginia. Its an old settlement tourist attraction. Most of it dealt with history, but many components were scientific in nature like how they stored meat, ground corn, built teepees (spelling?) and how the science behind those things allowed Native Americans to survive.

        I would ask this question – why do NCAA football games feature cheerleaders and bands? Its part of the entertainment experience despite it not being a core aspect of the main feature, which is the football game.

    • OldFirstWard

      “At a minimum, it should tell the story of the peoples who were here before the white man arrived — how the native americans lived, worked, warred, and whatever in western new york. We should know all the tribes and their histories.”

      Or maybe that’s something the Seneca’s could invest in. It’s their history, and they are making millions off the casinos, so let them build a museum at Canalside and tell the story.

      • Dan

        Oh, my goodness. Are you really THAT put off by telling non-white stories? Does it just pain you so much to have to endure that the knowledge that both human and WNY histories include more than the great deeds of great white men? That the universe did not simply will itself into being for the sole purpose of delivering unto us all the sacred gift of Caucasians? You are one racially-insecure little man. 1/16th Cherokee princess.

        • OldFirstWard

          How do you manage to extract any of what you posted from what I said? Have another beer.

          • Dan

            How can you not? Don’t mind if I do!

    • S Mills

      Nah, I’m good. If I want to be lulled to sleep, I’ll make sure to seek out your version of a science museum, though.

      • Randy503

        Excuse me, but some people DO get excited by rock strata!

  • Cirris

    I remember when i was a kid in School. When we had a school trip for Science. We actually went to Canada up to the Ontario Science center. Because their science center was amazing. And Buffalo’s was crap.

    • PaulBuffalo

      Same trip for me when I was in grammar school.

      • harlan

        Went to the Ontario Science Center last month with my kids. It’s crap now too. Seems like it was last updated in 1976. Some of the interactive exhibits were so dirty I would not let my kids touch them.

        • PaulBuffalo

          In its time, the OSC was exciting. There was no comparison between their hands-on exhibits that made science fun versus Buffalo’s old-school look-but-don’t-touch model. I used to have nightmares about Buffalo’s taxidermied animals.

          • harlan

            Sadly it’s time is some 40 years past. It was a depressing experience. My kids were disappointed because I had told them how cool it was. The stereographic before and after pictures of Ontario had mid 1970’s pictures labeled as today or now

          • Jordan Then

            If you haven’t been to the Buffalo Museum of Science lately you should really go. We are members and bring our kids pretty often, it has really come a long way.

            Same goes for the zoo as well.