Buffalo Museum of Science
21st Century Fund’s 2010 $100,000 Grant
The Buffalo Museum of Science (BMOS) has played an important role in educating Western New Yorkers with a general understanding of science since it opened its doors in 1929. Today, the museum still contains most of the original exhibits and has had very limited updates over the past several decades. For future success, the BMOS needed an update to reflect current science, increase visitor engagement and expand its offerings to provide Western New York and beyond with a center for everyone—families, children, teachers—to learn about the latest innovations in science.
The overall transformation was estimated at $2MM to plan, develop and complete ten Science Studios: Explorations (early childhood), Biodiversity (animal life in our region), Life Sciences (health and wellness), Weather (climates), Energy (alternative energy and sustainable living), Cultural (anthropology and other cultures), an Insect Zoo (entomology and impact on our world), Transportation (how we move—from swimming to airplanes), Space (gravity and weightlessness) and Evolution (how we evolved from dinosaurs to today).
These updates would transform every corner of the museum and turn it into a modern, hands-on, interactive regional attraction inspiring wonder and excitement for people of all ages.
For the BMOS to secure additional local, regional and national funding, they needed to complete the planning stage estimated at $100,000. Biennially, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB) reviews proposals for the 21st Century Fund $100,000 grant. The Museum applied for the grant and became a semifinalist.
Ten semifinalists were narrowed down to four including the Buffalo Museum of Science, a national garden festival, a literary center and a human services center providing food and restaurant service education. 21st Century Fund members would award the grant based on each group’s final presentation and the ability to meet the strict guidelines and criteria established by the Fund.
- Is the project innovative?
- Does the project have an ongoing impact on its target audience and area?
- Will the project be amplified with a broad/varied base of additional support?
- Will the project develop resources for the region?
- Will the Fund’s support act as a catalyst for the completion or significant advancement of the project?