About The Buffalo History Museum Tour

The history of Western New York is filled with stories of diverse people striving to create a place that they can call home—stories brewing with ingenuity and hope, but fraught with struggle and conflict. Experience a tour that brings the past to life in a personal way through intimate narratives of everyday people and key historical figures. From opportunities to engage with real artifacts and primary sources to connecting with subject matter experts, access our unique resources.

Tours are recommended for students from 4th through 6th grade and include a live Zoom tour of two current exhibits, excluding Spirit of the City. These tours are available to Buffalo or Niagara Falls public or charter schools and Western New York Title 1 schools.

To learn more and coordinate your experience with your class or school, please use the contact form below.

Education & Tours

About the AT&T Virtual Field Trips Program

The AT&T Virtual Field Trips Program is a collaboration between AT&T, the Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Museum of Science, Explore & More, The Buffalo History Museum, and the Underground Railroad Museum to offer free virtual field trips for local public and charter school students.

The program is designed to provide a wide array of offerings tailored for students of different ages between the 1st through 12th grades. To eliminate economic barriers and ensure inclusion, this unique program is entirely free for all students and classes that attend Buffalo or Niagara Falls public or charter schools and Western New York Title 1 schools. These virtual field trips are made possible by a $75,000 contribution from AT&T and the generosity of the partnering cultural and educational institutions.

The Buffalo History Museum extends a special thank you to AT&T for their support of local nonprofit institutions and for helping to provide these educational opportunities to students.

To learn more about participating organizations and other programs that are part of the AT&T Virtual Field Trips, visit the links below.

Albright Knox

Great art is transformational. The Albright-Knox invites teachers and students from grades K-12 to join us for virtual experiences designed to support the development of the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Opportunities include live virtual guided tours, plus pre-recorded videos that will serve as a teaching resource to focus on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Students will discover works of art from the Albright-Knox’s collection and exhibitions though through a range of learning strategies, including open-ended and guided questions, conversation, and activities.

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Buffalo Museum of Science

Bring the wonder and excitement of the Buffalo Museum of Science to your virtual classroom!
Our experienced facilitators will bring a unique virtual educational experience and scientific expertise to your students. Whether you’re looking for an eye-popping science demonstration or a Behind-the-Scenes tour, we can customize programming to suit your needs.
If your district guidance allows, kits can also be assembled and delivered to your school to give your students immersive, hands-on experiences. These virtual tours can be tailored to any age group.

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Explore & More

Children of all ages learn through exploration and grow through creativity. In this spirit, we invite young learners-the innovators of tomorrow, to “Explore, and More!” Explore & More has created seven (7) interactive videos – that can be used all together or individually by teachers. Each video includes a tour of one of our Educational Play Zones; a related activity and/or experiment that can easily be replicated by parents at home or teachers in school; and conclude by highlighting a STEM career. These tours are ideal for 3rd through 5th graders.

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Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

The authentic stories shared at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center highlight the extraordinary results that are achieved when ordinary people stand against oppression. On a live virtual field trip, museum educators will connect with classrooms remotely in real time. During a facilitated, interactive program, students will learn the history of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls while engaging in dialogue that will help them recognize the modern injustices that stem from slavery and think critically about what steps they can take to create a more equitable, just, and free society. This program is best suited for 4th grade through 12th.

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