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Signs of Things to Come: The Excitement Builds @ Explore & More

The BFLO Store is located on the second floor – main entrance

In anticipation of the pending opening of the Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, photographer Charlie Abbott headed down to Canalside (The Buffalo Waterfront) to captures some of the exterior imagery. Recently, new signage went up at the site, and an iconic Big Red Tricycle* was hoisted up onto the rooftop.

For the first time, we can see all of the design elements coming together on the building, and it appears as if the interior space is just about ready for action. On Tuesday, April 30, the museum’s annual Power of Play fundraiser was hosted inside the building – the adult only event was the first one held at the site. Currently, Explore & More is booking birthday parties, while preparing to officially open its doors to the public.


Once open (there is no official opening date as of yet), the museum will feature seven educational play zones, all pertaining to the region’s history, geography, culture, agriculture, architecture, athletics, commerce, and innovation.


The following exhibits are located on the second, third and fourth floors.

Being Good Neighbors

Moving Water

Playing Together

Lighting Buffalo’s Imagination

Building Buffalo

Farm to Fork

Explore & More is anticipating to accommodate 250,000 visitors in the first year of operation. The intention is not only to be a museum for children, but a town square for Buffalo, where all families, from all over the region, will gather together to celebrate the unique history of WNY, and the bold new visions that are unfolding.


The 43,000 square foot building houses seven educational play zones across four floors. The exhibits celebrate the power and benefits of play.


Following is the breakdown, floor by floor, of the museum.

First floor towpath level

Second floor main entrance

Third Floor

Fourth Floor

Rooftop Terrace

The new Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum is certainly a site for sore eyes. Wouldn’t it be great to see a number of these types of buildings/amenities added to the district? The building looks great, and provides a bunch of unique offerings. Oh, and we can’t forget that a historic solar-powered carousel is also expected to make an appearance, which will be another big win for Canalside – er – The Buffalo Waterfront.

*Big Red Tricycle was designed and assembled by DV Brown & Associates and the materials for the Big Red Tricycle were provided by McGard LLC and Peter & Rebecca McCauley

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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