The Buffalo Science Museum is located in Buffalo NY and governed by The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. The the Buffalo Science Museum was built in partnership and designed by German-born August Esenwein and James A. Johnson. The partnership was started in 1898. Their firm designed many of Buffalo's outstanding buildings including Lafayette High School, the downtown Public Library, and the General Electric Building. The Buffalo Science Museum was opened in 1929 and is located in east Buffalo.

Telescope and Dinosaur Exhibit

It has the dinosaur exhibit spanning hundreds of millions of years. One section called 'Rethink Extinct' dissects the extinction events in our green planets history. Currently, taking up space (pun intended) is the 'Lundin telescope'. It will be re-named the “E. E. Both Memorial Telescope.” in honor of contributions made by the late Ernst E. Both who gave many years of service in turn to the museum and the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. This historic telescope is currently being restored (update it is now restored and ready for viewing by museum visitors) to its original condition. Then it will be returning to the museum's Kellogg Observatory atop the building. The reopening of the observatory is scheduled for 2018. The new telescope is expected to bring excitement to the eyes of explorers and future explorers alike.


Enter 'Rethink Extinct'


'Rethink Extinct' takes you on a journey through time. Most basic forms of life began inhabiting our planet in the Paleozoic Era 541 million years ago. Planet Earth has experienced at least five mass extinction events that have driven more than 1/2 of all life to extinction in relatively short periods of time.  At the museum it's possible to Investigat events that made Archaeological history. Learn why extinction is necessary for diversity of life. Also discover how human actions today may be driving the next mass extinction.


The story of Rethink Extinct is told and experienced through interactive displays as well as dinosaurs, mastodons, fossils, and other specimens from the Buffalo Museum’s collections.

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  • Cody
    May 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    The Kellogg telescope view of outer space was out of this world. I can’t wait to get back there.
    There was a small viewing anomaly originally but it has been worked out

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