Tonawanda News


November 4, 2013

THROUGH THEIR EYES: It's a whole new science museum in Buffalo

Tonawanda News — My memories of the Buffalo Museum of Science were actually a bit static.

No, really. Stuffed-creatives-behind-glass static. That’s what I thought of when I remembered the museum, the site for various childhood field trips other excursions. I like them well enough (and who doesn’t like dinosaurs, whose bony remains I also remembered viewing with fondness), but it wasn’t a place to which I was eager to return — even I who love museums.

After a hiatus of years, probably decades, I returned a handful of years ago to take the boys to a Sesame-Street-themed exhibit at the museum. And it was a hit — the exhibit. Not so much the museum. I recall that they liked the dinosaurs. Nothing else made that much of an impression of them. Or on me, apparently. I can’t even remember what year this was.

This year, we returned, propelled by both the gift of a museum membership by a family member and the urging of Lifestyle Editor Danielle Haynes. I was, perhaps, a little skeptical, but always willing to try something new.

And parents, let me tell you: If you’re not taking your kids to the Museum of Science because of decades-old memories of static exhibits, think again.

You might have noticed that a lot of these columns involve the perceptions of my younger son. This is not because the older one doesn’t get to do anything. But Jim is a law onto himself, and he likes what he likes. Sometimes he clues me in on why. Sometimes, he doesn’t. We manage. 

Well, he liked this.

The new studios that have been added to the museum over the past two years are a marvel and we landed, on our trip, mostly in the Our Marvelous Earth studio. My water-loving boy was drawn, like a magnet, to the area with flowing water in which children could tinker with aspects of erosion. He puttered. He experimented.

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