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In this blog Meredith DeLuca discusses how the Buffalo Museum of Science is fun for everyone.

Some people may have a misconception that the Buffalo Museum of Science is just for kids. However, after a lovely tour from Andrea Gallagher, the Director of Marketing and Public relations for the BSM, I discovered that could not be further from the truth. Although the museum does have an abundance of activities for kiddos, like their fun camps and hands-on exhibits, there’s a lot going on for people of all ages. Take for example their Beerology event on March 24th. Not only can you learn about beer at this event, but you can drink it, too! So whether you’re going for an exciting event or just looking for something to do with your friends, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all ages at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Considering I was at a science museum, I was not surprised that there was an exhibit about space. However, the unique part of the Buffalo in Space exhibit was that it was space from Buffalo’s perspective. Set against a backdrop of Buffalo’s skyline, visitors can see what each planet would look like in the night sky if the planets replaced the moon. Seeing the planets juxtaposed on the skyline really shows you just how big each planet is, which I found to be very interesting.

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Space from Buffalo’s perspective
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Buffalo’s skyline with Mars and Jupiter in lieu of the moon.

There’s not only interesting things to see, but everywhere you turn at the Buffalo Museum of Science, there’s something fun to do too. Produced by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) the digiPlaySpace is an oasis of fun for all ages. Stand in front of the green screen and capture pictures of yourself around the world. From Big Ben to a roller coaster backdrop these pictures are sure to make you laugh. Snap a new profile pic and make your friends think you were on vacation! The digiPlaySpace has a talking robot that will repeat whatever you say. So, you can just imagine the endless possibilities for entertainment. There’s also a fun light-up block wall where you can spell your name and get creative. Another favorite from the digiPlaySpace was the Pop’n’Lock Dance Machine where you can bust a move and dance like a robot.  

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There’s fun for everyone at the digiPlaySpace.

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Green screen fun! Take a trip around the world. Cheerio!

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Transform your voice to sound like a robot.

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Get creative with these fun light up blocks.

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Show off your dance skills at the pop‘n’lock dance machine.

One of my favorite things to interact with was the weather simulator. You stand in front of a screen and read a teleprompter and pretend you are a meteorologist reporting on a specific storm. So if you’ve ever dreamed of being a weather person you now have your moment to shine.

The hands-on technology at the museum is awesome, but the classic exhibits are definitely worth checking out, too. The ‘Feejee Mermaid’, a man-made creation of wood and fish skin, was fascinating. From a sloth skeleton, to a sarcophagus, to a whole exhibit of bugs called Bug Works there truly is something cool for everyone.

The museum's ability to awaken our nostalgia for science museums while incorporating modern hands-on technology is what makes the Buffalo Museum of Science such a gem. That’s the cool thing about the Buffalo Museum of Science; there’s everything you’d expect from a science museum, like taxidermy specimens and dinosaur skeletons, but there’s also new and exciting things to see. Come for the Albertosaurus and stay for the digiPlaySpace, as they say.

But don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself! The museum is now open until 9:00pm on Wednesdays for your convenience. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend $11.00.

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Stanley the Albertosaurus

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The ‘Fee Jee’ Mermaid.

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Sloth skeleton.

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The Bug Works Exhibit is creepy crawly fun.

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The Rethink Extinct exhibit has hands-on activities and intriguing displays.

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An eye-opening display in the Rethink Extinct room of animals that have been used and abused by humans over the years.

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This sarcophagus dates from 725 B.C.

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