November 19, 2020

BMC Closing to the Public – 11/19/20

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the region as well as the change from Yellow to Orange Zone in Erie County, the Buffalo Maritime […]
October 30, 2020

Recap of the Canal Boat Commencement Weekend & Volunteer Info for the Packet Boat!

Click here to see photos, a cool video of signatures on the keel, as well as the program from the Canal Boat Commencement Weekend and for […]
October 29, 2020

The Bronze Sculpture of the Erie Canal Story at the Longshed

When you’re down at the new Longshed at Canalside, be sure to stop and see the Bronze Sculpture of the Erie Canal Story. We’re grateful to […]
October 29, 2020

FAQ – Volunteering on the Packet Boat Project

The Buffalo Maritime Center is undertaking the construction of a traditionally built, full sized reproduction of the 1825 Erie Canal Inaugural Packet Boat, Seneca Chief.  This […]

Hours of Operation

  • 9am - 5pm
  • until 8pm

BOAT SHOP

Currently in the shop, we have over 35 wooden boat projects that range from the 1812 sloop of war replica, the USS Trippe, to 15 foot student-built row boats.

MARITIME HERITAGE
MUSEUM

At present, our six thousand square foot exhibition space allows the display of boats ranging from an 1840’s Buffalo Harbor Ferry to a 24 foot racing keelboat. Also on display are photos, models, and paintings of boats of the Niagara Frontier.

BRONZE FOUNDRY

The Buffalo Maritime Foundry was originally established to meet the needs of boat restoration and student boat building projects here at the Buffalo Maritime Center. The Center casts bronze marine hardware and offers metal arts classes to students as well as the local arts community.

Volunteers wanted!

You do NOT have to be a boating enthusiast, craftsman, educator, or fundraiser to volunteer on the Packet Boat with the Buffalo Maritime Center! All it takes is a willingness to help. In fact, many of our volunteers come to us out of curiosity, and find a meaningful way to contribute. We will train you, if needed. We will mentor you. We will appreciate you! All we ask for is a bit of your time, and an interest in making a difference.

Quarantine Coffee Hour with BMC's John Montague & The Erie Canal Museum!



BMC's John Montague talks with the Erie Canal Museum about rebuilding DeWitt Clinton’s packet boat, Seneca Chief

THE STUDENT HAND TO HAND PROGRAM

BMC’s Hand to Hand program, designed for middle and high school students, uses wooden boat building as a teaching tool to inspire, to educate, and to provide an opportunity to students who might see working with their hands as alternative pathway to financial security and a successful life.

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Become a Member

By becoming a member of the Buffalo Maritime Center you are helping to advance our important educational mission of sustaining and reviving hand skills, craftsmanship, and preserving maritime history.

VOLUNTEER

You do NOT have to be a boating enthusiast, craftsman, educator, or fundraiser to volunteer at the Buffalo Maritime Center!

All it takes is a willingness to help. In fact, many of our volunteers come to us out of curiosity, and find a meaningful way to contribute. We will train you, if needed. We will mentor you. We will appreciate you! All we ask for is a bit of your time, and an interest in making a difference.

There are many ways to volunteer at the Buffalo Maritime Center...

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