Sure, we spend all winter yearning for the return of the hot summer heat — but even that welcome relief can become overwhelming at times. You can avoid the humidity and still enjoy a variety
of Western New York offerings with these air-conditioned escapes.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
The museum has collected, conserved and exhibited modern and contemporary art for more than 150 years, which has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary collections. Albright-Knox also offers art classes for adults, drop-in art activities, tours, lectures and talks, and music and performances. And don’t miss M&T First Fridays — held the first Friday of every month — when admission is free and visitors can enjoy art and much more.
The Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong Museum is home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. From the National Toy Hall of Fame and World Video Game Hall of Fame to interactive exhibits, the indoor butterfly garden and more, it allows toy lovers of all ages to get up close with some of America’s most iconic artifacts.
Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum houses a unique collection of regional paintings, photographs, artifacts and manuscripts that shape our understanding of Western New York history. Visitors can explore major collections on the Holland Land Company, President Millard Fillmore, the Seneca Indians, the Pan-American Exposition, the Larkin Company — plus their newest exhibit, ICONS: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports. The museum also hosts a plethora of educational opportunities and events for both children and adults year-round.
Explore & More Children’s Museum
Explore & More is the perfect place to take the kids when it’s too hot to play outside. With nationally recognized, award-winning programs and exhibits, the museum offers high-quality play-based learning: Exhibits open minds both young and old to art, architecture, geology, food origins and preparation, world culture and diversity, and much more. Visitors also learn a bit about Western New York history and culture, as most exhibits include a “Bit of Buffalo.”
Buffalo Museum of Science
From anthropology, botany and entomology to mycology, paleontology and zoology, the museum represents the natural history of the Niagara Frontier, Ontario and beyond, both present and past. The immersive exhibits and environments at Buffalo Museum of Science offer hours of educational entertainment for both children and adults. Plus, there are workshops, classes, adult programs and special events that provide unique opportunities to explore the world of science.
George Eastman Museum
Located on the estate of George Eastman, a pioneer of popular photography and a leader in the development of motion picture film, is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States. Explore the ever-changing collections and exhibits, take part in the many special events or take in a movie at the Dryden Theatre, which exhibits motion pictures ranging from silent films with live musical accompaniment and classic Hollywood pictures to past blockbusters and rarely shown independent, foreign and experimental films.
The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum
The collection of historic automobiles, bicycles, memorabilia and documents on display at the Pierce Arrow Museum embody the rich transportation history of Western New York. While there, visitors can also see the Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station, designed by the world-renowned architect in 1927. It was intended for the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Buffalo, but was never built — and it now stands as a one-of-a-kind installation to complement the displays at the museum.
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Get hands-on and ignite your natural curiosity at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Through 200 exhibits, shows and authentic collections, visitors can immerse themselves in science and technology, and uncover the wonders of our region, our world and beyond. From the many exhibits in the Science Center to the laser and star shows and the giant screen films and telescope viewings at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, children and adults can engage all five senses in extensive experiential learning opportunities.
Shops at Market Arcade & EXPO Market
Explore a bit of Buffalo architecture while shopping locally in downtown Buffalo at the Market Arcade complex. Built in 1892, this unique shopping mall — the first of its kind in Buffalo — features a number of local, independently owned retailers, art galleries and more, including EXPO Market. If you’re hungry, stop and grab a bite at this food market, whose name pays homage to the Pan-American Exposition. EXPO offers a diverse range of cuisines and spirits, as well as a great respite from the summer sun.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
The only National Parks Service site located in Western New York, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Sites dives into the life of Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the history of the house itself, Theodore Roosevelt’s inauguration, the Pan-American Exposition, and many other contemporary historical figures. Come see where the 26th President of the United States was sworn into office, and experience what our world was like during that time.