2000 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 694-6696
Fax: (716) 694-0371
Arts & Museums
Situated in a National Historic Site building in North Tonawanda, this center offers a series of rotating monthly exhibits in its three galleries. The center also features performance arts, lectures, video and film and instructional workshops for children and adults. A non-profit organization, the center tries to concentrate on the promotion of local artists and artisans. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase artwork and hand-crafted pieces. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted to help with day-to-day costs.
This 1829 Pennsylvania-German style home was once the residence of Benjamin Long and his family, who came to this area from Lancaster County Pennsylvania in 1828. Mr. Long, who helped organize the town of Tonawanda, was a farmer, businessman and politician. The home, which is decorated in period style to reflect the lifestyle of a well-to-do family of the era, is constructed of hand-carved timber. Docents from the Historical Society of the Tonawandas lead you on a tour of the home, which is located on the banks of the historic Erie Canal. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Located in North Tonawanda between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this is the only historic carousel factory in the nation. The museum opened in 1983 and is located within the original Allan Herschell Company factory, which began operating in 1916. A National Historic Site, the building is now divided into seven connected areas demonstrating such things as woodcarving, horse restoration, and two original carousels. The museum also sponsors programs including a summer Sunday series featuring youth theater, puppets, and magic. Check websites for varying dates.
The North Tonawanda History Museum is housed in a three-story, 41,000-square-foot building which was acquired by the museum in early 2009. A work in progress, the museum will eventually feature a large event hall, reference library, welcome center, large gift shop, and more. The 1888 building was formerly the G. C. Murphy 5 & 10-cent store. The exhibits housed in the museum focus on the history, culture, and industry of North Tonawanda, as well as Erie Canal-related information, since the canal is only about a block away. The museum regularly offers special programs throughout the year. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This one-of-a-kind museum, operated by the human service agency, People, Inc., focuses on how people with disabilities were treated throughout the ages. While the words moron, idiot and cretin are considered insults today, back in the 1800s these were acceptable medical terms to describe people with mental disabilities. Some exhibits explain early asylum care, as well as other negative aspects like forced sterilization of the "feeble-minded." Other exhibits focus on the positive changes that have taken place in the way those with disabilities are treated, such as programs like the Special Olympics. This museum hopes to advance the understanding and acceptance of those with disabilities. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Hailed for its world-class art collection by ArtNews, this prestigious gallery is located in University Heights less than one mile from The University at Buffalo's South Campus. The gallery, which features sculptures, paintings, drawings and other graphics media from the Second World War to the present day, has long been recognized as a top-drawer art space—both in the U.S. and around the world. Just as spectacular is the space itself, an award-winning building with two large floors of exhibit rooms, crowned by a sculpture atrium that seems to soar to the sky.
Originally a windshield wiper factory, this gallery provides space for local artists to practice their craft. There's also an art gallery that features exhibitions from local and regional artists, both those just starting out and mid-careerists, in its 3,000 square-foot space. The studio also offers workshops for both adults and children in everything from photography to pottery. You'll find it relatively close to Delaware Park in the Tri-Main Center.
This gallery has come a long way from 1993 when a group of women met in an apartment owned by one of the founders. Even though it moved to a larger space in the Tri-Main Center in 1998, it still managed to maintain the warmth of those early days. Today, the group presents about a dozen shows a year featuring mostly female artists. Located close to Delaware Park, the gallery has Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and the Buffalo Arts Studio among its neighbors.
Founded in 1862 by former President Millard Fillmore (also a Buffalo native) and housed in the last remaining building from the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, the Society has exhibits on Western New York history from the first explorers to the present. Included in the over 80,000 artifacts are items such as the pistol used to assassinate President William McKinley in Buffalo in 1901. The building and the Delaware Park setting alone are worth the visit.
464 Art Gallery is a reputed art venue in Buffalo that serves to work towards the dissemination of emerging local artists, musicians and sculptors. This is one place where art pervades in all its forms. You can come here to view the several paintings and art works at display or even take home some. You can find here works in sculpting, photography, literature and so on. This place is a paradise for ardent art lovers.
Situated in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus and close to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, this museum is dedicated primarily to the work of American watercolorist Charles Burchfield, who died in 1967. The Burchfield collection consists of almost 700 pieces of art; there are paintings, drawings, sketches, prints and even wallpaper designs displayed here. The museum also has a 5,800-piece collection that displays the work of Western New York artists in addition to many others around the country, including the Charles Rand Penney Roycroft Collection with objects made available by the Roycroft Campus community.
Considered among the best in the city when it comes to modern and contemporary 20th-century art, this gallery has a rich selection of works by artists like Sol Lewitt, René Magritte, and Mark Rothko. The Delaware Park gallery also features outstanding work from the 17th-19th centuries. In addition to the gallery, the center also includes a gift shop and the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat after all that culture.