Hours of Operation
- 9am - 5pm
- until 9pm
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.
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.
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.
BUILD IN OUR SHOP
If you’ve always wanted to build a boat, or pull your Grandfather’s classic runabout from the barn for the restoration it deserves, the Buffalo Maritime Center is likely to become your new home. As a member of BMC, and subject to availability of space, you are eligible for a personal project space for a wooden boat building or restoration project.
CANOES & KAYAKS
The kayak is one of the most popular boat types in the world and classes in building the full variety of them are one of the most popular adult classes offered at the Center both from kits and from scratch.
The 6-hour canoe is at the heart of the BMC's educational programming. Designed by founding member Dr. John Montague and made popular around the world in a small paperback book, Building the 6 Hour Canoe with co-founder Richard Butz, hundreds of would be boatbuilders have made these usable and seaworthy boats their first project.
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...