July 1, 2020

The BMC Is Reopening July 7th!

After almost four months of the Buffalo Maritime Center being closed due to COVID 19, we are excited to announce that we’re reopening our doors to […]
June 12, 2020

Help Celebrate Our Students & Info on Upcoming Bronze Pour Event

Though our Hand-to-Hand students won’t be putting their handmade boats in the water this spring, help us celebrate the hard work they’ve done throughout the year!
May 15, 2020

John’s Talk on the Packet Boat & We’re Planning a Bronze Pour

This week’s newsletter is chock full of good stuff. First, if you weren’t able to catch John Montague’s presentation with the Erie Canal Museum about our […]

Hours of Operation

  • 9am - 5pm
  • until 8pm


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.


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.

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


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.


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...