CITY OF BUFFALO
BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY Botanical Gardens 2655 South Park Ave. at McKinley Parkway (696-3555). Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 (plus Wed. to 6); Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 5. Donations. Over 5,000 plants, family and educational programs, workshops, tours and more. Call for program information.
"Annual Poinsette Show and Winter Wonderland." Preview featuring holiday sing-a-long with teh Croatian Creations Tamburitza Orchestra, plus other ethnic groups. Preview tonight, 6 to 8 (reservedy only). Show opens Sat. and continues through Jan. 3, 1999.
BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY Historical Society Museum 25 Nottingham Court (873-9644). Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5; Sun, noon to 5. Admission.
"Remembering Roswell Park, M.D.," exhibit on the life and achievements of Dr. Roswell Park, through Jan. 24, 1999.
"Polonia, 1873-1998," exhibit of Polish immigrants and their cultural traditions and beliefs, through Jan. 31, 1999.
The Rail Barons' Model Railroad Exhibit. Fantasy turn-of-the-century village with local historic landmarks, through Feb. 28, 1999 (plus "Railroad Family Day," Sun. 1 to 3).
BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY Naval and Military Park One Naval Park Cove, behind Memorial Auditorium (847-1773). Daily, 10 a.m. to 5. Admission. Tours of Navy warships, displays.
BUFFALO FIRE HISTORICAL Society Museum 1850 William St. (892-8400). Sat., 10 a.m. to 4; tours by appointment. Free. Firefighting history exhibits.
BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE and Kellogg Observatory 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. (896-5200). Museum open Tues. to Sun., 10 a.m. to 5. Observatory open Fri., 7:30 to 9:30 (weather permitting). Admission. Hikes at Tifft Nature Preserve, educational and environmental programs, Hayes Lectures and Fairfield Travel Talks, workshops and more.
"Whem Ankh: The Cycle of Life in Ancient Egypt," new semi-permanent exhibit.
"Splendor in Stone," photomicrographs of rocks and minerals, through Dec. 27.
BUFFALO ZOO 300 Parkside at Delaware Park (837-3900). Gates daily, 10 a.m. to 4. Admission. Wildlife exhibits, children's zoo, tours.
FOREST LAWN CEMETERY 1411 Delaware Ave. at Delavan (885-1600). Grounds daily, 8 a.m. to 5. Mausoleum daily at 10 a.m. Free. Self-guided tour maps available.
IRON ISLAND MUSEUM 198 Benzinger St. at Lovejoy (892-3084). Mon., 2 to 6; Thurs., 5 to 9; Fri., 10 a.m. to 1; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2. Free. Historic photos, displays, operated by the Iron Island Preservation Society.
KARPELES MANUSCRIPT Library Museum 453 Porter Ave. (885-4139 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5; Sun., 1 to 5. Free. Historial documents, art displays and more.
"The Question of Slavery," treaties and constitutional documents, through Dec. 31.
"Alex Palmer Haley's Roots," pages from author's drafts and research, through Dec. 31.
"W.N.Y. Historical Events," artifacts relating to Presidents McKinley, Van Buren and Fillmore, through Dec. 31.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT Inaugural National Historic Site 641 Delaware Ave. (884-0095). Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 5; Sat. and Sun., noon to 5. Admission. Restored site of Theodore Roosevelt's presidential inauguration, self-guided tours, period gardens and more.
"The Spanish American War and Theodore Roosevelt," through Jan. 31, 1999.
TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. (896-5200 or 825-6397). Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitor center, Tues. to Sun., 9 a.m. to 5. Free. Operated by Buffalo Museum of Science. Hiking, bird watching.
TOURS Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House, plus the adjacent 1903 house design (Barton House), sponsored by the Martin House Restoration Corp. No children under 10. Regular tours Sat. and Sun. by reservation only (no tours Dec. 19 through Jan. 9, 1999). Admission. Reservations only at 856-3858.
NEWSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY and Octagon House 145 Main St. (542-2254). House tours, Sun., 1 to 3 or 6 to 8; or by appointment. Admission. Victorian-decorated Octagon House.
JOE PANZA NATURE TRAIL call 937-7324 after 3. Free. Guided tours. Information at: AECC, Alden Town Hall, P.O. Box 180, Alden, N.Y. 14004-0180.
AMHERST MUSEUM 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road (689-1440). Tues. to Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 (closed holidays). Admission. 19th century homes, schoolhouses and churches.
"Blue Monday: Washday and Women," through Feb., 1999.
"Crazy Quilts," through Jan., 1999.
Victorian Christmas Tours. How the holidays were celebrated by Amherst residents during the late 1800's. Thurs. through Dec. 13. $5 (reserved only).
BOSTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM 9410 Boston State Road, in the 1837 Old Pioneer Church (941-3475). Sun. 2 to 4, or by appointment. Free. Local history, research library.
CHEEKTOWAGA HISTORICAL MUSEUM 3329 Broadway (684-6544). Sun., 2 to 4; groups by appointment. Donations. Handicapped-accessible. Civil War and Native American artifacts.
CLARENCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM 10465 Main St. (759-8575 or 741-3780). Wed., 10 a.m. to 2; tours by appointment. Free. Historic 1843 stone church, displays, genealogy department.
THE GREAT PUMPKIN FARM 11199 Main St. (830-4596). Daily, 10 a.m. to 7. Farm admission free; programs may require fee. Mercantile museum, store, holiday exhibits and live wreath making, crafts and more.
"Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop," with Connie Haney. Sun., noon to 4.
EXPLORE & MORE . . . A Children's Museum 430 Main St. (655-5131). Wed. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 4; or by appointment. Admission.
"Journey to Japan," exhibit for infants to 10-year-olds, through Feb., 1999.
TOY TOWN MUSEUM 636 Girard Ave. (687-5151). Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 4; group tours available. Donations. Toy collections.
"Toys Through the 20th Century." Special exhibit celebrating the millennium, through Aug., 1999.
ORIGINAL AMERICAN KAZOOO Company and Museum 8703 S. Main St. (992-3960). Museum open Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5, and Sun., noon to 5. Group factory tours by reservation. Free. Working factory, kazoo displays.
TOURS The Grand Lady, sailing from foot of Whitehaven Road, Holiday Inn Grand Island (774-8594). Cruises and holiday parties available. New Year's Eve Cruise, Dec. 31 at 8. Admission/reservations.
HAMBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY Dunn House 6902 Gowanda State Road (649-4587). Sun., 1 to 4. Donations. Restored historic house and farm, decorated for the holidays, plus live musical entertainment and more.
STEEL PLANT MUSEUM Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna (823-0630). Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5; Mon. and Wed., 1 to 9. Free. Exhibits pertaining to steelworkers and steel plant.
LANCASTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 40 Clark St. (681-7719). Sun., 2 to 5. Admission. Exhibits, genealogy department, Little Red Schoolhouse on Bowen Road (by appointment only).
Bus Trip to the Genesee Country Museum. Dec. 12. $50 reserved. Information at 683-7454.
PEDALING HISTORY Bicycle Museum 3943 N. Buffalo Road, Routes 240 and 277 (662-3853). Mon. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 5; Sun., 1:30 to 5. Admission. Museum, displays.
SANTA'S PARK Chestnut Ridge Park, Chestnut Ridge Road, Route 277 (662-3290). Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4. Free. Santa Clause and the North Pole, hay wagons, Candy Cane Lane and more.
TOURS Earth Spirit Educational Services. Pre-registration required at least three days prior events. Send to: Earth Spirit, P.O. Box 261, Orchard Park, N.Y., 14127. "Adventure Hike," exploring woods, ravines, creeks and the "Eternal Flame" at Shale Creek, Orchard Park. Dec. 12, 1 to 3. $4 to $6. Information at 941-6267.
HERSCHELL CARROUSEL Factory Museum 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda (693-1885). Wed. to Sun., 1 to 5. Admission. Carousel rides, tours by appointment.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY of the Tonawandas Museum in the 1870 N.Y. Central Railroad Station, 113 Main St., Tonawanda (694-7406). Wed. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 4:30. Donations. Erie Canal exhibits, research materials.
WEST SENECA HISTORICAL Society Museum 919 Mill Road. Tues., 10 a.m. to 4, plus every first Sun., 2 to 4. "Street of Shops 1960-1890," plus more.
MATHER HOMESTEAD MUSEUM Library and Memorial Park, 343 N. Main St., Wellsville (593-1636). Wed. and Sat., 2 to 5 (call to confirm); or by appointment. Free. wCATTARAUGUS
(East Otto and Gowanda)GRIFFIS SCULPTURE PARK 6902 Mill Valley Road, off Route 219, East Otto. Daily, 9 a.m. to dusk. Donations. Sculptures, 400 acres of hiking trails. Free trail map, send SASE to 6902 Mill Valley Road, East Otto, N.Y., 14729.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides through woods and meadows, plus related accomodations including blankets. Daily, Dec. 18 to Jan. 3, 1999. Admission/reservations. Mansfield Coach and Cutter, 6864 Sodum Road, off County Road No. 14, Mansfield (938-6315).
Santa Clause Express. Santa and Mrs. Claus train rides with gifts for children. Sat. and Sun. at noon, through Dec. 13. Admission/reservations. N.Y. & Lake Erie Railroad, 50 Commercial St., Gowanda (532-5716).
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(Fredonia and Jamestown)
BARKER HISTORICAL MUSEUM 20 E. Main St., Fredonia (672-2114). Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 2:30 to 4:30 (plus Thurs., 7 to 9). Free. 1880's parlor exhibit, research and genealogical library.
LUCY-DESI HOMETOWN MUSEUM 212 Pine St., Jamestown (484-7070). Sat., 10 a.m. to 5:30; Sun., 1 to 5. Admission. Memorabilia, displays.
(Attica and Batavia)
ATTICA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 130 Main St., Attica (591-2161). Wed. and Sat., 1 to 4, or by appointment. Free. Victorian parlor, genealogy files, local history.
HOLLAND LAND OFFICE MUSEUM 131 W. Main St., Batavia (343-4727). Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 4; group tours by appointment. Donations. History and research departments.
GENESEE COUNTRY VILLAGE and Museum Flint Hill Road, P.O. Box 310, Mumford (538-6822). Village closed for winter. Nature Center -- activities, workshops and exhibits. Admission. Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 4; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5.
Yuletide in the Country: Tours Through Holidays Past.Two holiday-style tours available. Today through Dec. 20 (reservations required).
(Lockport, Niagara Falls, Wheatfield and Youngstown)
AQUARIUM OF NIAGARA 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls (285-3575). Daily, 9 a.m. to 5. Admission. Sea life, programs.
NIAGARA AEROSPACE MUSEUM Summit Park Mall, Williams Road, Wheatfield (297-4148). Mon., and Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 9; Sun.; 11 a.m. to 5. Free. Aircraft exhibits.
NIAGARA COUNTY HISTORICAL Society Museum 215 Niagara St., Lockport (434-7433). Thurs. to Sun., 1 to 5; or by appointment. Free. 1820's-style home, displays.
OLD FORT NIAGARA Fort Niagara State Park, off the Robert Moses Parkway North, Youngstown (745-7611/www.oldfortniagara.org). Open daily at 9 a.m. Admission. National landmark and state historic site.
Candlelight Tours. Evening fundraiser featuring tour of decorated "French Castle." Next Fri., plus Dec. 12, 18 and 19.
TOURS One Hundred Years of Christmas. Bus trip to Hamilton's Battlefield House of Stoney Creek, Dundern Castle and more, sponsored by Niagara County Historical Society. Sat., 9 a.m. to 7. $50 or $60 (reserved only). Niagara County Historical Society Museum, 215 Niagara St., Lockport (434-7433).
MEDINA RAILROAD Exhibit Center Museum 530 West Ave., Medina (798-6106). Weekdays, noon to 7; weekends, noon to 5. Wheelchair-accessible. Admission. Preserved 1905,
wood-framed, railroad freight house, displays.
Christmas Train Layout Displays, through Dec. 25.
Train Ride With Santa. Plus holiday music, and more. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 2. Admission/reservations.
(Arcade, Letchworth and North Java)
BEAVER MEADOW Nature Center/Buffalo Audubon Society 1610 Welch Road, North Java (457-3228). Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5, and Sun., 1 to 5. Free. 324-acre sanctuary with hiking trails, adult and children's nature programs and hikes, camping, naturalist programs and more. Call for program information.
Letchworth State Park. Programs led by Dounglas Bassett and Steph Spittal. "Dehgayasoh Valley Woods," Sat. at 10 a.m., meet at Visitor Center. "Bishop Woods and Dark Woods," Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., meet at Visitor Center. "Evergreen Indoor Ed-Venture," Dec. 12 at 2, meet in Visitor Center Conference Room. Information at 493-3625.
Arcade & Attica Railroad. "Santa Trains." Old-fashioned ride with Santa and carolers. Sat. and Sun. at noon and 2, through Dec. 20. Admission/reservations. Departures from railroad at 278 Main St., Arcade. Information at 496-9877.
STRONG MUSEUM One Manhattan Square (263-2700). "Jolly Holly Days," with old-fashioned Santa, toy train display and more. Sat. and Sun., through Dec. 20.