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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Students in Buffalo Public Schools will have an opportunity to get hands-on play while learning more about science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM - through a partnership involving the school district, a local children's museum and a telecommunications giant.

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With school out for the summer and families looking for activities to fill their days, one of Buffalo's newest attractions is ready to welcome guests full-time. As of Thursday, Explore & More children's museum is now open daily at Canalside.

Empire State Development Corporation

For years, one end of Canalside has been an enormous hole in the ground where the old Memorial Auditorium once stood. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is looking for a plan for the site, probably involving residential space with underground parking.

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The highly-anticipated opening of a new children's museum at Buffalo's Canalside is only weeks away.

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Work is nearing completion on the new Explore & More children's museum at Canalside. With a newly-approved exterior decoration, it should be easy for visitors to find.

If you are near Canalside today, look for the American flag and the evergreen tree on top of the structural steel for the new Explore & More Children's Museum. The construction industry mark signals the topping off of the $27 million project.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Explore and More's new children's museum is a step closer to reality. Ground was broken Wednesday morning on the site of its future home in Buffalo's Canalside.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An existing partnership between Explore & More Children's Museum and M&T Bank is expanding, with the latter announcing additional funding for use in the museum's capital and curriculum needs.

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The new chief executive officer of the Explore & More Children's Museum is looking forward to leading the institution's construction of a new downtown Buffalo center, and providing the same interactive learning experiences that helped him remain interested in learning as a youngster.

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Buffalo-based Delaware North is giving Explore & More a big lift towards opening a new children's museum at Canalside. The company has made a $1 million commitment to the project's capital campaign.


If all goes according to plan, there could be some new attractions at Canalside in the not too distant future.

Plan for Canalside children's museum changing

Jun 10, 2015
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A children's museum will still be built at Canalside, albeit at a different site and with a slightly longer timeline.

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Christmas has arrived early for the Explore & More Children's Museum. Fisher-Price has donated $500,000 for a hands-on workshop inside the new museum planned for Canalside.

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As the community continues to see major redevelopment along downtown Buffalo's waterfront, another piece of the future is getting closer to reality. Explore & More announced a major capital gifts donation Thursday as it works to build a children's museum at Canalside.

Firm chosen to develop Canalside children's museum

Aug 15, 2012

The creation of a children's museum at downtown's Canalside is one step closer to reality. 

Explore & More on Wednesday announced the selection of Gyroscope, an Oakland, California museum development firm that will develop the master plan for the waterfront museum. 

Explore and More board chair Peter Bergmann says the firm specializes in childhood learning in museum settings.

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East Aurora-based Explore & More Children's Museum has been given the go-ahead to start studies on developing a children's experience at Canalside.  The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's Board of Directors gave its unanimous approval to the 25,000 square-foot project today. 

Explore & More Director Barbara Park Leggett says her organization already has plans for the site and has submitted a preliminary plan to the board that includes exhibits and programs.