Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Education

Steel frame finished on new Explore & More Children’s Museum

A construction milestone has been reached on the new Explore & More Children’s Museum, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. The final steel beam for the $29 million project, which will be located on the South Aud Block of Canalside, was laid on Thursday.

The museum is expected to bring 250,000 new visitors to the Buffalo area and provide 36 full-time jobs to residents in the community. “Today is a proud milestone for our children and their future in the community,” said Barry Swartz, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Explore & More. “Our progress is a testament to the inspired vision from state, city and community leaders, organizations, staff and innumerable committed individuals to provide support and opportunities for all children, from all walks of life.

“With today’s final steel beam in place, we continue on the shared journey to make a lasting and positive impact on our community’s future generations,” Swartz said.

The 43,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to open in late 2018, will house seven educational play zones offering hands-on activities and exhibits for children and families.

“The transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront has been a significant economic driver for the entire region, and the addition of the Explore & More Children’s Museum will help attract even more visitors for years to come,” Cuomo said.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the museum symbolizes the “new” Buffalo and the transformation of the waterfront.

“This expansion takes one of our region’s premier cultural assets to the next level and makes it an even more valuable resource for children and families while increasing downtown Buffalo’s appeal as a tourism destination,” said Hochul.

Canalside remains open throughout the museum construction process. A full schedule of upcoming events and activities is available at www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

For more information on Explore & More, visit www.exploreandmore.org.

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