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The Fall Bucket List: Free Museum Admission This Weekend

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By Jennifer Weber

This week, it’s time to take a few hours away from driving around the countryside and step indoors for some culture and old school learning.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., participating museums and cultural institutions in Western New York, as well as museums all across the United States, will participate in the 13th Annual Museum Day Live! hosted by Smithsonian magazine.

Come join the fun! Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download two free tickets (one for you and one for a guest) at one of the following museums in Western New York. The only hard part is, how do you choose just one?

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 882-8700

www.albrightknox.org

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is an international venue for modern and contemporary art with something new in store for guests with every visit.

Buffalo Harbor Museum

66 Erie Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 849-0914

www.buffaloharbor.org

The Buffalo Harbor Museum explores the maritime history of the Niagara Frontier and development of the waterfront with exhibits relating to the trade and industry that made Buffalo the port of commerce.

Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 873-9644

www.buffalohistory.org

The Buffalo History Museum collection tells the story of how Western New York was a force in the development of the United States and the world.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228

(716) 689-1440

www.bnhv.org

The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village provides visitors with a trip back in time to experience what life was like in the 19th century with their tour of historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouse.

Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum

145 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 842-0969

www.cmctheclub.com

The Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum offers an interactive experience to touch, view and listen to the music that once played in their historic building such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Miles Davis and many more.

Erie Canal Discovery Center

24 Church Street, Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 439-0431

www.niagarahistory.org

The Erie Canal Discovery Center offers history exhibits, virtual canal boat rides, interactive canal exhibits and the Charles Rand Penney Collection of Niagara County artifacts.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY 14511

(585) 538-6822

www.gcv.org

The Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York dedicated to preserving the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the Genesee Valley Region through costumed interpreters demonstrating life, skills, crafts and trades.

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

(716) 693-1885

www.carrouselmuseum.org

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum presents exhibits, demonstrations, special events and children’s gallery activities to celebrate the history of carrousel and amusement ride manufacturer in North Tonawanda.

Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy

2 West 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 484-0800

www.lucy-desi.com

The Lucy-Desi Museum is dedicated to the personal lives and careers of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and includes almost everything you can imagine from the “I Love Lucy” show such as set replicas, Emmys, costumes, and more.

Museum of disABILITY History

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226

(716) 629-3626

www.museumofdisability.org

The Museum of disABILITY History’s permanent collection explores the challenges and achievements of people with disabilities over the past few centuries.

Nash House Museum

36 Nash Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

(716) 856-4490

www.nashhousemuseum.org

The Nash House Museum was built circa 1900 as a typical two family unit dwelling and serves today as a time capsule of African American home life in the early to mid twentieth century.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 665-2473

www.rtpi.org

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is an educational institution tasked with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work connecting people with nature through art, education and science.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 884-0095

www.trsite.org

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site preserves and interprets the place where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th president of the United States.

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