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Museums and Historic Sites (A-K)


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Erie County

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the country's finest modern art museums, features magnificent works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Derain, Renoir and Warhol. Buffalo. 716-882-8700.

UB Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, Erie County

An award winning renovated building, the UB Anderson Gallery is located in University Heights, less than one mile from the University at Buffalo's South Campus. Featuring a collection of modern and contemporary art, temporary exhibitions are presented year round in the spacious galleries and soaring glass sculpture atrium. Admission is free, handicapped accessible. Hours: Wed.-Sat. 11 am to 5 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm. Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214. 716-829-3754. www.ubartgalleries.buffalo.edu

Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, Chemung County

The Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, Chemung County has a permanent collection of 17th, 18th & 19th century paintings and sculpture. The museum also hosts a wide variety of traveling exhibits. 607-734-3697.

Brown's Race Historic District, Rochester, Monroe County

In 1818, Francis and Matthew Brown cut a quarter mile channel through solid bedrock and harnessed the power of the Genesee River's 96-foot High Falls to bring water power to Rochesterville. Today, Brown's Race Historic District pays tribute to these early 19th century entrepreneurs and their fledgling technology. Visitors can see the original, rebuilt 25-foot, 12-ton waterwheel ensconced in its original chamber. Another tribute to early Rochester technology, the Center at High Falls is a commercial center set in a restored factory. State and Platt Streets, Rochester. 585-325-2030.

Buffalo Science Museum, Buffalo, Erie County

At the Buffalo Museum of Science, visitors travel back to the land of the dinosaurs, inspect larger-than-life insects, marvel at endangered species and take quantum leaps through space. The museum's Tifft Nature Preserve includes over 264 acres of undisturbed natural habitat within the City of Buffalo. 716-896-5200.

Children's Museum , East Aurora, Erie County

Explore & more...A Children's Museum. Please touch! Experiment. Discover. Play. Learn. East Aurora, Erie County. 716-655-5131. And while you're there, relive your childhood at Toy Town Museum. Highlights include a Fisher-Price Toy Collection from 1930-70 and ToyWorks, a kids' interactive learning center. East Aurora. 716-687-5151.

Clara Barton House, Dansville, Livingston County

In August 1881, Clara Barton, Civil War heroine, formed the first local chapter of the American Red Cross in Dansville, Livingston County. Barton and Dansville society members spearheaded the first disaster relief undertaken by the American Red Cross by aiding victims of a Michigan forest fire. Clara Barton Chapter #1 of the American Red Cross. 585-335-3500.

Cofeld Judaic Museum , Buffalo, Erie County

The internationally renowned Cofeld Judaic Museum of Temple Beth Zion displays over 1,000 Judaic artifacts dating from the 10th century in a landmark temple. 716-886-7150.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, Steuben County

The Corning Museum of Glass, home to the world's most celebrated collection of glass, presents live glassblowing demonstrations all day, everyday. The Museum features stunning new galleries, interactive exhibits, a Walk-In Workshop where visitors can make their own glass creations, and the GlassMarket where you can shop for glass treasures from around the world. An independent, nonprofit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, and exhibition of glassmaking and includes The Rakow Research Library, the world's most comprehensive library on the history and art of glass, and The Studio, an internationally renowned school for glassmaking. 800-732-6845. Please visit www.cmog.org for more information.

Erie Canal Museum, Lockport, Niagara County

Approaching Locks 34 and 35 in Lockport, the vertical rock walls rise abruptly on either side, revealing the jagged bone and torn sinew of the canal's final challenge-the Niagara Escarpment. The "Famous Five" stair locks, regarded as an engineering marvel when built, are now used only for overflow. The old hydraulic power house that once operated the city's locks and two lift bridges, is now a canal museum. Today, dual locks lift boats 50 feet on their way to Lake Erie and points west.

Ganondagan Historic Site, Victor, Ontario County

Once the site of a vibrant 17th century Seneca settlement, Ganondagan was attacked and destroyed by the French in 1687. After the battle, Ganondagan went into a 300-year decline. Today, the state historic site is a vital link to early Native American culture and history. Its 277 acres include three walking trails: Our Mother Trail, the Trail of Peace and the Granary Trail, which detail Seneca history, medicine and oral tradition. 585-924-5848.

George Eastman House, Rochester, Monroe County

George Eastman House is two museums in one! It's a 12-acre estate with landmark Colonial Revival mansion and gardens and the world's leading museum of photograph and film. The Eastman House features a hands-on learning center for children and an evening film program in the Dryden Theatre, highlighting the museum's motion picture collection. 585-271-3361. www.eastmanhouse.org

Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, Steuben County

Aircraft and engines, that's what you'll find at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. Curtiss, pioneer aviator and inventor of the small engine, loved motorcycles. The museum also shows turn-of-the-century Steuben County life. 607-569-2160 or visitwww.glennhcurtissmuseum.org

Granger Homestead, Canandaigua, Ontario County

The Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum is a grand, yellow Jeffersonian mansion built by Gideon Granger, postmaster general for Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Built in 1816, it is filled with authentic period furnishings belonging to the Granger family. The nearby carriage barn houses WNY's largest carriage collection, dating from 1800 to the mid-1930s. 585-394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

Holland Land Office Museum, Batavia, Genesee County

It all began at the Holland Land Office, an 1815 building where the 3 million acres of Western New York lands were surveyed and sold. Exhibits range from prehistoric mastodon bones and 19th century military equipment to furniture, clothing and various household goods. 585-343-4727. www.hollandlandoffice.com

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