December 1, 2019

Help Our Kids Build More than a Boat

The Buffalo Maritime Center’s Hand-to-Hand Program helps students from Buffalo schools practice STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Principles and life skills by building a wooden boat […]
August 14, 2018

1825 Packet Boat Replica to be Built at Canalside

Buffalo Maritime Center is so happy to announce that the Erie Canal Packet Boat project we have all been talking about for so long is happening! […]

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...