Craving some culture? Look no further than enjoying the peace, serenity, art and architecture in our next Buffalo neighborhood. You ‘ll find history and art in expected, and unexpected, places in the Museum District, located in the northern part of the City of Buffalo. First up is a destination that wasn ‘t always known for its peace and quiet.
START at the Richardson Olmstead Complex, which is one of the most quintessential symbols of Buffalo’s architecture. Designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in 1870, it served as a mental asylum for almost 100 years. It then fell into disrepair until a major restoration project began in 2008. Weekly tours support the redevelopment efforts, which will include a new hotel and state-of-the-art conference center. For a unique experience, we recommend the twilight tour, which showcases the magnificent details of the complex as the sun sets. Fun fact: The façade of the complex was used as an inspiration for the setting of the 2013 video game Outlast. Next, head down the street to the SUNY Buffalo State campus where you will find the Burchfield Penney Art Center, which is dedicated to the artists of Western New York and their work. Among the ivory white walls of Burchfield Penney are thought-provoking pieces created by artists in and around the Buffalo area. The building is LEED Certified and was first “green” art museum in New York State.
Our next stop is the Albright-Knox Art Gallery located directly across the street from the Burchfield Penney museum. Just look for the art installation featuring dozens of canoes out front. Collections of art travel from near and far to be shown at the Albright-Knox, but it has its own impressive collection including work by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse to name a few. Beyond the art, the gallery offers hands-on experiences through classes, workshops and lectures. There ‘s even a monthly Art Baby Stroller Tour specifically geared for those under 2 years of age. Finish the day with a leisurely stroll in Delaware Park. However, from the playgrounds to athletic fields and picnic spots to the Buffalo Zoo, you can easily spend an entire day at the park. No trip to Delaware Park is truly complete without visiting these key spots: Marcy Casino, Hoyt Lake (pictured above), the rose gardens, ivy bridge and the Japanese gardens. Soak in the beauty of Buffalo’s largest, most beloved green space.
Make sure you pack your walking shoes for a day in the museum district – you ‘re apt to walk off all the meals you ‘ve been eating in our other great neighborhoods!