About Buffalo

Arts and Culture

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A World of Culture

Where can you find:


Yes, Buffalo.

Vibrant Visual Arts

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There’s good reason American Style magazine consistently places Buffalo in the top five arts destinations among mid-sized cities.

With more than 50 public and private galleries, Western New York is a magnet for those who appreciate art and those who create it.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery houses an internationally renowned collection of 20 century painting and sculpture.

The world’s largest collection of works by visionary painter Charles E. Burchfield is found at The Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

Founded by ’70s icons Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center challenges and extends traditional boundaries with its avant-garde art, film and musical programming.

Across the region, a wide range of galleries feature work by artists in various mediums. In the nearby village of East Aurora, the Roycroft renaissance artisans keep the American Arts and Crafts tradition alive.

Amazing Architecture

Buffalo's City Hall and McKinley Monument

The New York Times calls Buffalo “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings” and “home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

Our architecture represents the works of H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Among our not-to-be-missed landmarks:

Music Mecca

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If you’re a classical music buff, you don’t want to miss a chance to hear the internationally renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. In addition to the BPO, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society plays in the perfect acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall.

If you prefer pop, rock or country, HSBC Arena attracts the hottest national acts. UB’s own Center for the Arts hosts an impressive slate of concerts in addition to speakers, theater and dance.

Numerous smaller clubs feature emerging local performers, touring bands and first-rate jazz acts.

These include:

Theatrical Hub

Actors performing at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

A mecca for local and national talent, the city’s theater district is one of the largest concentrations of theaters in the United States.

Western New York’s 20-plus theater companies present the spectrum of dramatic literature from Greek tragedy to cutting-edge new plays.

The theater district is anchored by Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which hosts touring Broadway musicals and concerts.

In the summer, thousands of theater buffs flock to Shakespeare in Delaware Park, one of the country’s largest and most successful outdoor Shakespeare festivals. Only New York City draws more people for a free Shakespeare festival.