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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > September 2014 > Museum Day In Buffalo

Museum Day In Buffalo


More than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Buffalo will open their doors free of charge September 27th as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live!

September 16, 2014– Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Arts Commission and representatives from Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and participating museums and cultural organizations, gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to announce that on Saturday, September 27, 2014, more than a dozen Buffalo area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission to visitors who present a ‘Museum Day Live!’ ticket, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative.  He also issued a proclamation, declaring September 27, 2014 as ‘Museum Day’ in the City of Buffalo.

“Buffalo is known for its great museums and cultural institutions,” said Mayor Brown as he thanked Arts Services Initiative of WNY for its role in recruiting local participants for this initiative. “I’m thrilled to partner with our local arts and cultural community to bring this ‘Museum Day’ initiative to Buffalo, opening up our city’s great treasures to thousands of people, free of charge.”

"National Museum Day is a great reflection of ASI's belief that the arts are for everyone and on September 27 everyone can visit some of our great culturals for free," said Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. "This is a great addition to ASI's Arts Access Program, which offers year-round free and low cost cultural opportunities to the general public and to those in need."

For more information about ASI’s Arts Access Program, go to

Museum Day in Buffalo is presented in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s commitment to make learning - and the spread of knowledge - accessible to all, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to mirror the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.   For one day only, participating museums across the country and in Buffalo will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution, opening their doors free of charge to those who download a ‘Museum Day Live!’ online ticket. 

The following local museums and cultural institutions are participating in the ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative:

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (Amherst)
  • Buffalo Religious Arts Center
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • The Colored Musicians Club
  • Fenton History Center (Jamestown)
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (N. Tonawanda)
  • Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
  • Nash House Museum
  • Steel Plant Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

“The Arts Commission is excited about the increased opportunity for individuals to experience some of the cities hidden treasures free of charge,” stated Catherine Gillespie, City of Buffalo Arts Commission Chairperson.

Now in its tenth year, more than 500,000 guests are expected to visit over 1,000 museums across the country on Museum Day Live!  Visitors who present the ticket will gain entrance for two at an institution of choice on Saturday, Sep. 27, only; one ticket per household, per email address. To obtain your ticket, visit: