Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Spend an entire day exploring Buffalo AKG Art Museum, which features a newly constructed Gundlach Building north of the original 1905 Greek Revival Albright Art Gallery and the 1962 Knox expansion. Marvel at the contrast in architectural styles and over 70,000 world-class modern and contemporary art pieces overlooking Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park.

A guided tour, included with admission, is offered daily from Thursday to Monday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lasting sixty minutes, these tours highlight select artworks in the Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building or the Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building.

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Outside Buffalo AKG

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

There are a dozen massive sculptures on the gallery’s campus, both odd and intriguing. Pick a beautiful day to explore the ground outside and Delaware Park. The building is a masterpiece in its own right. Look closely at the Eight Caryatid Figures overlooking Delaware Park, installed in 1934.

Inside Buffalo AKG

The three museum buildings and the parking garage are internally connected. Buffalo AKG offers a fast-casual dining experience at Cornelia in the Knox Building’s Town Square, which is free to enter. In addition, the Sculpture Bar on Floor 2 of the Gundlach Building offers a spectacular view of the campus, espresso drinks, pre-packaged snacks, sandwiches, beer, and wine.

Mirrored Room Knox Building
Buffalo AKG Art Museum
Wilson Town Square

Knox Building

The 1962 Seymour H. Knox Building serves as Buffalo AKG’s official entry point. Centrally positioned around the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Town Square, the Knox Building is open and complimentary during the museum’s hours of operation. Visitors can explore and learn in the Creative Commons, gather beneath the Common Sky, or immerse themselves in Lucas Samaras’s Mirrored Room.

Enjoy the Shop, Cornelia, an auditorium, art studios, a digital media studio, and a family room. The museum offers free Wi-Fi.

Cornelia offers casual dining with a thoughtfully and carefully crafted menu using locally sourced ingredients. Seating overlooks the Town Square with a stunning view of Common Sky. 

Jackson Pollock

Wilmers Building

The Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building is the original 1905 Greek Revival Albright Art Gallery. A stunning collection of world-famous Impressionism, post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and more is represented here, including Pollock, Van Gogh, Warhol, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and O’Keeffe.

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Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Gundlach Building

The 2023 Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building houses the Buffalo AKG Art Museum’s collection of contemporary art. The Sculpture Bar is located on the second-floor Sculpture Terrace of the Gundlach Building and serves pre-packaged sandwiches and salads prepared in-house, as well as coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Delaware Park

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Delaware Park is a prized community asset that is a significant part of Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks System. The 350-acre park, which resembles New York City’s Central Park, combines Buffalo’s cultural district and recreational offerings along a two-mile-long path that meanders around lakes, gardens, and meadows.

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Buffalo AKG Art Museum

More information about Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Cost: Admission Fee, though Wilson Town Square, in the Knox Building, is free to enjoy.

Located in the City of Buffalo, roughly 75 minutes / 75 miles from Rochester (get directions)

Parking: Public parking is available in the museum’s underground parking garage and along Elmwood Avenue, Forest Avenue, and Lincoln Parkway. Please obey all marked signs and pay applicable parking fees to avoid a parking ticket.

Entrances: Accessible entrances, with power assist doors, are located on both sides of the Knox Building and the ground and parking levels of the Gundlach Building. The main entrance is through the Knox Building.

More information: buffaloakg.org. Also, view the campus map.

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