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Burchfield Penney Art Center

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Address: 1300 Elmwood Ave, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY 14222-1004
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+1 716-878-6011
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Welcome to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the only museum exclusively...

Welcome to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the only museum exclusively dedicated to the art and artists of Western New York - including famed American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield. From the moment you first step through our doors, you will be surrounded by inspirational, thought-provoking and world-renowned artwork. The Burchfield Penney features more than 20 exhibitions annually. While many are curated from our extensive collections, we often bring new work into the museum through temporary exhibitions and works on loan. As a result, no visit to the Burchfield Penney is ever the same.

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A must see if you like art!

Charles Rand Penney was a personal friend of mine. He collected for over 60 years. This exhibit has some of my favorite bronze American sculptures.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charles Rand Penney was a personal friend of mine. He collected for over 60 years. This exhibit has some of my favorite bronze American sculptures.

Thank Mrsmith105
Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went here for a special show for their 50th. anniversary. It was our first time there, but we will definitely go back.

Thank Jim1951
Cambridge, Ontario
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This museum is a nice weekend stop. The Burchfield art is great to see, as is his studio. Unfortunately, the exhibits were being changed, so we didn't see else. The building itself is very open and bright, and the gift shop is unique.

Thank Tombow
New Delhi
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Buffalo is excellent for its art centre and one of these excellent art centres is the “Burchfield Penney art centre”. This art centre gives you all the modern facilities (and thus has good ratings . It’s a dynamic centre with a perfect modern building style. Thecentrecarries out a lot of exhibitions(along with some special exhibition) and plenty of workshops.moreover,it offers... More 

Thank Sumitrajain11
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

What a lovely museum! We were treated to a tour by the Head of the Museum who was amazing. He pointed out so many fascinating aspects of the building which is a draw on its own. I enjoyed learning about Burchfield and his contemporaries. I recommend that if you are visiting Buffalo that you go to this Museum which is... More 

Thank santafecarol
Rego Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Although the paintings by Charles Burchfield, as well as his studio, are the main feature of this museum, the modern art displays can be seen to better advantage almost anywhere else. There are no great masterpieces here, maybe a few thoughtful modernist works, but nothing to make you pause and sincerely study the work. It's also expensive for the size... More 

Thank JohnRegoPark
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The museum was very nice, but a little pricey for the size of the collection. You can easily look through the exhibits in less than 2 hours.

Thank KokoFlower
Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We toured the art center with Mary as our guide. She was able to tell us about the man, his life in Buffalo, and how his Art was conceived and developed. I developed an immediate appreciation for the center as well when Mary explained the significance of the architect and styles employed. This is a must see for art, nature,... More 

Thank Bill L
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

No matter what the exhibit is, you are guaranteed to get a feel for the unique setting of Western New York and its circle of artists. Terrific museum store and cafe too. Really neat.

Thank Dudley K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Although we had visited this art center previously, our docent today, Marsha McGill gave us lots of information about the building itself as well as the current anniversary exhibit of Burchfield's watercolors and sketches previously unknown to us.

Thank markmd

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