The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo is a truly one-of-a-kind experience that features a dedicated and ever-changing array of exhibitions. Still in its relative youth, the gallery only opened in 2008, it has already established itself among the other cultural hubs vying for your attention in the heart of the museum district.

Taking its name from famous watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, it also has an extensive collection of his works while even the building itself abides his naturalistic philosophy. From the deliberate colour palette, big open spaces, long straight hallways, and even ceiling lights arranged in the constellation of Orion, the building is a beautiful sight. It is also the first green certified art museum in New York State, an accolade Burchfield himself would have been proud of.

The works of art on display are on constant rotation, changing up to 30 times a year, sourced from both the art center’s collection in addition to loaned exhibitions and temporary displays. No matter how often you visit, no two trips will be the same. The museum also has a particular focus on local art and champions art on a very local level, thus all the artwork on display was created by local artists or in the surrounding area, and so you can feel a real sense of authenticity and home pride as you tour the incredibly differing styles and paintings.

Located opposite the Albright-Knox Museum of Art, a visit to the Burchefield can easily be enjoyed as part of a day out that immerses you in culture, art, and creativity.

Admission and Opening Hours

An adult ticket to the Burchfield Penney Art Center is, unfortunately, a little more than a penny. You’ll be looking at about $10 for admittance. Seniors aged 62 and over pay $8 and students with a valid ID pay $5. Children aged 10 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. The Burchfield also extends free admittance to SUNY Buffalo State students and faculty, active military members and their families, and veterans as well as Burchfield Penney members.

The Burchfield also organizes group tours at around $10 per person if you want something a little more in depth and informational for a larger group. These tours are also offered to schools from pre-K to 12 free of charge.

The gallery is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On Thursdays they are open from 10:00am until 9:00pm, on Sunday, they are only open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays and as well as on all major public holidays.

On the second Friday of every month, the gallery hosts a range of different tours, events, workshops, lectures, and more. The museum is open later to accommodate this and you can find out what is on the schedule by looking into the program of the M&T Second Fridays on the gallery’s website.


1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222, website, Phone: 716-878-6011

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