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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > September 2015 > Museum Day In Buffalo

Museum Day In Buffalo

More than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Greater Buffalo will open their doors free of charge September 26th as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live!

September 14, 2015 – 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 26, 2015, 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 11th annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative.

“Buffalo’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy adds to the significant momentum that’s underway in our city,” said Mayor Brown as he thanked Arts Services Initiative of WNY for its role in recruiting local participants for this initiative. “I’m pleased to partner once again 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 it's 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," said Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk.  "Thanks to Mayor Brown and to all the participating museums, September 26 is going to be a great day to see some of our region's best culturals for free."

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 Harbor Museum / Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum
  • Erie Canal Discovery Center
  • Fenton History Center
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
  • Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy
  • Museum of DisABILITY History
  • Nash House Museum
  • Niagara County Historical Society  / The History Center
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
  • Steel Plant Museum of Western New York
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Historic Site

Now in its eleventh 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. 26, only; one ticket per household, per email address. To obtain your ticket, visit: