Museums & Culturals Day

On Saturday, September 17, 2022 Doors Open Buffalo attendees can enjoy an added perk!  Mention Doors Open Buffalo and enjoy discounts at the following local institutions in Buffalo and beyond! Discounts apply on Saturday September 17, 2022 only.  Please note where advance registration is required. 

Aurora Historical Society Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
363 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora, NY 14052
Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Special: Free admission for Doors Open participants. 
The museum contains one of the rarest collections of Roycroft artifacts: beautifully bound and illuminated books, furniture and copper work, as well as oil paintings by Alex Fournier and leather work by George Scheide Mantel.

Aurora Historical Society Millard Fillmore Presidential Site
24 Shearer Ave., East Aurora, NY 14052
Hours: 1:00pm- 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Special: Free admission for Doors Open participants. 
Millard Fillmore, who served as the 13th president of the United States from 1850 and 1853, began his law and political career in East Aurora.  Fillmore built the house in 1826 for his bride Abigail. It is the only remaining house of the 13th President.

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Special: Get $2 off regular admission. 
Explore the Botanical Gardens’ newest exhibit, Coleus and Creatures. See several cool, colorful creatures made out of live plants including dinosaur succulent topiaries, a coleus peacock, moss-made dinosaurs, a giant buffalo, a dragonfly, a shark, and more planty friends. Get tickets online at

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Last Admittance: 4:00pm
Special: Buy one get one free admission.
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is the largest inland Naval Park in the United States. Take a self-guided tour of USS The Sullivans, USS Little Rock, and USS Croaker, and enjoy the beautifully manicured Monuments Garden, Museum, United States Military Exhibits, and Gift Shop on Buffalo’s Waterfront.

Buffalo Fire Historical Society
1850 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Special: Admission: Free; Gift shop discount: 15%

The Buffalo History Museum
1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 14216
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Last admittance: 4:30pm
Special: Admission: Free; Gift shop discount: 10%
Current exhibits include: Continuum: A History of Erie County; Hodinöhsö:ni’ Resurgence: Marie Watt, Calling Back, Calling Forward; To Rescue The Color: Salvaged Renderings of the Rainbow City; Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports, and more.

Buffalo Presidential Center
Downtown Central Library 2nd Floor
1 Lafayette Square Buffalo, NY 14203
Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Special: Free admission to all
Find out why Brady Carlson, in his book, “Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders,” says, “Buffalo is full of inspiration, because it has, next to Washington, the richest presidential history of any city.”

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Hours: 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:45pm
Special: Free admission to all and free gift with gift shop purchase.
Doors Open visitors are invited to explore exciting exhibitions on view: Shared Light: G. Peter Jemison and Charles E. Burchfield; Martha Visser’t Hooft: Beyond the Realm of the Possible; Bruce Adams: Freeing Marks; Bonnie Gordon: Mapping Image and Word, Stumbling into Streams of Consciousness; Praise: Works from the Collection; and Different Perspectives: A Museum Studies Exhibition.
Public tour takes place at 2 PM. Support the arts! Shop the Museum Store for great gift ideas for the art lover in your life.

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
7 Varsity Drive, Niagara University, NY 14109
Hours: 11:00pm – 5:00pm 
Special: Free admission for Doors Open participants.
With learning and public access at the heart of its mission, the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) is the major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, with a permanent collection of over 5,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art, Niagara Falls art, and regional Folk Arts. 

Hull Family Home & Farmstead
5976 Genesee Street, Lancaster, NY 14086
Hours: 11AM to 4PM; Last Admittance 3:30PM
Special: Free admission to Doors Open participants.
The Hull House, built circa 1810 by Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull, has been restored to its original beauty. The Farmstead currently features a bountiful (medicinal) kitchen garden and a family cemetery, which has been restored by the Polly Gillette Hull chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Iron Island Museum
998 E Lovejoy Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Hours:  Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Doors Open Sept. 17 hours:  10 a.m. – 1:00
Admission for Doors Open participants:  $5.00
The Iron Island Museum, in a former church/funeral home (1883), honors the history (including many spirits)  of the Lovejoy Iron Island neighborhood.  There are four rooms of artifacts: sections honoring veterans, the railroad, and a wooden alter from a 1896 neighborhood church, as well as a room dedicated to the Central Terminal.

Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC)
511 Michigan Ave, Buffalo NY 14203
11 AM – 4 PM, Last admittance: 3:30 PM
Special:  Free admission for all!
The MSAAHCC welcomes you to explore our four cultural anchors! Join us for tours of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, the Nash House Museum, the Historic Colored Musicians Club, and WUFO Black Radio History Collective!

Niagara Aerospace Museum
9990 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, New York 14304
Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Admission: $10 adults/$5 Seniors. Children under age 12 free with adult.
Special: 25% discount at gift shop. $50 Annual Supporting Membership (Regular price $75). A Supporting Membership allows unlimited visits for the member plus 5 guests for one year.
The Niagara Aerospace Museum tells the story of Western New York’s rich aviation and aerospace history through artifacts, displays and full-size planes
1:00 pm lecture by
Dr. Daniel Haulman.  Dr. Haulman is an historian who has written two books on the Tuskeegee Airmen, a highly decorated group of African American fighter pilots in WW II. There is no charge for this event which will start at 1:00 PM and last approximately one hour. 

Roycroft Campus
31 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052
Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:55pm
Special: Buy one, get one free tour admission. 15% off select seasonal gift shop merchandise.
Visit the National Historic Landmark Roycroft Campus to explore the rich history of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters’ center of the early 1900s Arts & Crafts Movement. Advance registration is required and must be made by phone at (716) 655-0261, can be taken up until tour time if space still available.

Steel Plant Museum of WNY
100 Lee St., Buffalo, NY 14210
Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:00pm
Special: Free admission.
The Steel Plant Museum of WNY features a new exhibit, artifacts, and videos of the former industry’s role in WNY history. Gift shop accepts cash or check only.
We look forward to welcoming new visitors to the Steel Plant Museum and the RR museum, both located in the Heritage Discovery Center.

Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site
641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 11:30am – 5:00pm; Last admittance: 3:30pm.
Special: 20% Museum Shop discount on TR Site merchandise only (branded items).10% museum gift shop discount for Doors Open visitors.
A guided tour will take visitors back to 1901 to witness the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as the nation’s 26th president. Tour includes restored rooms, film and exhibits.  Advance registration required at Face masks are optional.

WNY Railway Historical Society Museum
100 Lee St., Buffalo, NY 14210
Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm, Last Admittance: 3:00pm
Special: Free admission.
The WNY Railway Historical Society museum, featuring artifacts of the railroads which helped build our area.   Gift shop accepts cash or check only.