The Buffalo Museum of Science presents behind-the-scenes collection tours, hosted by the collections team, and offering the opportunity for guests to our research collections, special collections and teaching collections.
A significant portion of the museum's collection of over 700,000 specimens pertain to the Greater Niagara Region and form, by far, the most complete record of life in all of its forms in this area in anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology and zoology. These pieces provide a good representation of the present and past natural history of the Niagara Frontier of New York and adjacent Ontario, as well as material of worldwide provenance of value in teaching, exhibition and research.
The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences maintains three principal categories of collections: research collections, special collections and teaching collections.
The fall 2016 behind-the-scene collections tours will feature three different themes including:
•The Pan American Exposition - the Buffalo Museum of Science's story: You might have heard about Buffalo's Pan American Exposition, but did you know that the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences played a significant role in the fair? Learn about the museum's role in the Pan Am, go behind-the-scenes and see the same artifacts that thrilled visitors over a century ago.
Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 4 at 10 a.m., Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
•Mastodon's in our Backyard - The Byron Dig: Seymour isn't the only mastodon at the Buffalo Museum of Science! Go behind-the-scenes and learn more about the museum's mastodons. Excavated from Genesee County, take a look at the specimens that teach us about life on the Niagara Frontier over 10,000 years ago.
Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.
•Furs, Fins and Feathers: Only a small portion of the museum's collection is on exhibit at any one time. Take a peek at the vertebrate zoology department and experience mounts, skins, bones and jars. Why do museums have so much "stuff"?! Find out on this tour.
Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., Nov. 19 at 1 p.m., Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Each tour is approximately two hours in length. The cost for each tour is $25, or $15 for Buffalo Museum of Science members. Registration is required in advance at www.sciencebuff.org.
The Buffalo Museum of Science is located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. For more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit www.sciencebuff.org.