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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you don't see your question answered here, please contact us at 716.270.8292 or info@albrightknox.org and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

Visiting

Where is the museum located?

The Albright-Knox is located adjacent to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park at:

1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222-1096
Getting Here

What is the closest airport to the museum?

The Buffalo metropolitan area is serviced by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is about nine miles away from the museum. Niagara Falls International Airport is about 19 miles away from the museum.

Is the museum accessible via public transportation?

Yes, there are a few different ways to get to the museum via public transportation.

Public Transportation Directions

What hotels or lodging options are available close to the museum?

Buffalo offers a wealth of lodging choices for all budgets and tastes. Whether you prefer to be downtown, in a shopping and dining district, or close to the museum, there is an ideal hotel for you. Learn More about Visiting Buffalo Niagara

Does the museum offer parking?

Yes, parking is available at the museum for the following rates:

Guests, $5
Members, $3
Non-guests, $8
Parking on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS is FREE, compliments of NOCO.

If you are visiting the museum, please bring your parking ticket inside to have it validated at the Admissions Desk. If you are not visiting the museum, the parking lot is accessible 24 hours a day for the non-guest rate of $8.

If the museum’s parking lot is full, public parking is available along Elmwood Avenue, Forest Avenue, and Lincoln Parkway. Please obey all marked signs and pay all applicable parking fees to avoid getting a parking ticket.

Is there a restaurant at the museum?

AK Café offers casual dining overlooking the museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Does the museum have a gift shop?

Shop AK is open during regular museum hours and offers an incomparable array of prints, posters, books, exhibition catalogues, stationery, children's items, scarves, shawls, bags, and jewelry crafted by national and international artisans. We welcome inquiries and offer creative, personalized shopping assistance. Please contact 716.270.8232 or shopAK@albrightknox.org.

Does the museum offer public WiFi access?

Yes, free WiFi is available throughout the museum through SSID akagguest.

Does the museum offer a coat check?

Yes, the Coat Room behind the Guest Services Station contains coatracks and complimentary storage lockers.

Does the museum have baby-changing stations?

Yes, the men’s and women’s restrooms in the 1962 Building offer baby-changing stations.

Can I use my phone in the museum?

Yes. If you are on a telephone call, we ask that you speak in a low voice and keep your calls short to avoid disturbing other guests. If you are using your phone to text or browse the internet, we offer free WiFi through SSID akagguest.

Is the museum accessible to those with special needs?

The Albright-Knox is committed to creating and fostering a universal environment of accessibility for visitors of all ages.

Learn More about Accessibility at the Museum
Learn More about our Access AK Programs for Visitors with Disabilities

What can I enjoy at the Albright-Knox besides the art?

The Albright-Knox offers casual dining at AK Café and a unique, artful shopping experience at Shop AK. We invite you to explore the 18 outdoor sculptures on our grounds at any time, whether you decide to come inside or not. The east side of our campus offers a great view of Hoyt Lake and Delaware Park.

What are other things to do within close distance of the Albright-Knox?

The Albright-Knox is located in the heart of Buffalo’s cultural district, also known as the Elmwood Avenue Cultural Corridor. It is within walking distance from some of Buffalo’s key cultural destinations, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Buffalo History Museum, and Delaware Park. The Elmwood Village offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options, and Allentown is a unique neighborhood destination home to a host of art galleries and Buffalo’s best nightlife. More about Visiting Buffalo Niagara

Museum Guidelines

What are the rules I should follow while at the museum?

In order to ensure the safety of the artworks and people in the museum, we ask you to observe the following:

  • Please do not touch the artwork.
  • Please view the art at a safe distance, at least three feet away.
  • Please do not lean on the walls.
  • No running or pushing in the museum; please walk slowly and carefully.
  • Be respectful to other visitors and guided tours by speaking quietly.
  • In most cases, non-flash photography is allowed, but we sometimes ask you not to take photos of artworks on view that we do not own. Learn More
  • Please use only pencils to take notes or sketch. Pens and other writing instruments are not permitted. (Pencils are available at the Admissions Desk and the Guest Services Station.)
  • Food, drinks (including bottled water), chewing gum, and e-cigarettes are not permitted in the museum.
  • The Albright-Knox is a unique museum environment because guests encounter art immediately upon entering the building. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • All parcels, purses, or bags larger than 11 x 15 x 5 inches in size, as well as all backpacks, baby carriers worn on the back, umbrellas, briefcases, video cameras, flashes, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted in the museum. Please leave these items in your vehicle, if possible, or in the complimentary lockers in our Coat Room.
  • All items entering and leaving the museum are subject to inspection.

Can I take photographs at the museum?

Yes—in most cases, non-flash photography is absolutely allowed. In fact, we encourage you to take photos of our buildings and artworks on view, both inside and on our grounds, and share them with #albrightknox on social media. However, we sometimes ask you not to take photos of artworks on view that we do not own. Keep an eye out for signs that ask you not to take photos of certain artworks or exhibitions and, when in doubt, ask a Security Guard if it's OK before snapping away. We do not allow video cameras, tripods, or selfie sticks in the museum, but you are welcome to use them outside on our grounds.

Can I take wedding photographs at the museum?

You are welcome to take photographs with your wedding party outside on our Delaware Stairs, facing Hoyt Lake. Due to safety concerns, wedding photography is not allowed on the Elmwood Avenue side of the building or inside the museum. We wish you a memorable day!

Can I write or sketch in the museum?

Yes, but with pencil only. The use of pens is not permitted in the museum. Pencils are available at the Admissions Desk and the Guest Services Station. Please note that easels and tripods are not permitted.

Art

How do I get information about works of art in the Albright-Knox’s collection?

Our Search the Collection section provides information about every work in our collection, with descriptions, images, and exhibition histories for select works. Search by artist or artwork title, browse by object type or date range, see collection highlights or works currently on view, and more. Search the Collection

Is the Mirrored Room on view right now?

No, Lucas Samaras’s Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room), 1966, is not currently on view. Due to space constraints, we are only able to display about 3% of our collection at any time. One of the key goals of our AK360 Campus Expansion & Renovation Project is to provide more gallery space to display more of our world-class collection. Learn More about AK360

How can I check if a particular work is on view?

Installation information is subject to change. If you are planning to visit the museum to see a specific work of art, please call 716.882.8700 first to confirm that it will be on view. You can also see a list of works currently on view on our website, but please note that this is subject to change at any time.

Can I see a work of art that is not currently on view?

For security reasons, access to artworks is determined on a case-by-case basis and granted for research and scholarly purposes only. If you would like to make arrangements to see a particular work of art that is not on view, please call 716.270.8270.

How do I get permission to reproduce images from the Albright-Knox’s collection?

Permission for such use is granted at the sole discretion of the Albright-Knox though its contracted distributors. For full details, please visit our Obtaining and Using Images page.

What is AK Public Art and where is it located?

In addition to the outdoor sculpture on our campus, the Albright-Knox has placed public art around Western New York through its Public Art Initiative. View AK Public Art Projects

Can the Albright-Knox give monetary appraisals for works of art?

No, we are not able to provide appraisals for works of art. If you are interested in having a work appraised, please contact the American Society of Appraisers at 1.800.272.8258 or asainfo@appraisers.org.

Programs, Events, and Tours

Do you offer public tours?

We offer public tours each week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1:30 pm, and on Saturdays at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours are free with museum admission. Learn More

Do you offer group tours?

Yes, you can schedule a group tour of the Albright-Knox for K–12 students, adults, college students, community youth groups, and visitors with disabilities. We also offer monthly group tours for veterans and visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

What is M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY?

M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY is a program, sponsored by M&T Bank, that takes place on the first Friday of every month, from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission to part of the museum and select events are free for everyone. Certain events and special exhibitions are available for a fee. View Upcoming Programs

How can I register or purchase tickets for an event, program, or tour?

Each event, program, and tour page on our website has information about how to register or purchase tickets. You can also call 716.270.8292 or inquire at the Admissions Desk during your next visit. Find an Event

Does the museum offer activities for children and teens?

We offer a variety of programs for children and teens, including art classes for ages 3 to 18 and Art Baby Stroller Tours for parents and caregivers with young children ages 0–24 months. AK Teens offers a variety of opportunities for high school students, including our Future Curators program, a portfolio review day, and a career day. We also have Family Programs and Drop-In Art Activities for the whole family. View our calendar of upcoming events or check out our ongoing programs, both of which can be filtered by audience.

Does the museum offer birthday parties for children?

The museum does not have a program for birthday parties. For groups of 12 or more, you can reserve a docent-guided tour by calling 716.270.8226. You can also make a reservation for a group lunch in AK Café by calling 716.270.8223.

Membership

How do I become a Member?

You can purchase a membership online, by phone at 716.270.8247, or in person at the Admissions Desk during your next visit. Learn More about Membership Levels and Benefits

Is my membership at another cultural institution reciprocal with the Albright-Knox?

Reciprocal Members from participating institutions who present a membership card validated with North American Reciprocal (gold sticker or mark), Modern and Contemporary (silver sticker or mark), Art Museum Reciprocal (yellow dot), Museum Alliance Reciprocal (MARP sticker or mark), and Empire State Museum Reciprocal Program (ESMRP sticker or mark) are entitled to reciprocal admission at the Albright-Knox. Some restrictions may apply. View Reciprocal Museums

Can I give a membership as a gift?

Yes, you can purchase a gift membership online, by phone at 716.270.8247, or in person at the Admissions Desk during your next visit. When purchasing online, simply check the “This Membership is a gift” box on our membership form and fill in the information for your gift recipient. If the person receiving the membership is already a Member, it will add a year to their existing membership.

More Member FAQs

Private Events/Facility Rentals

Can I hold my event at the museum?

Yes, AK Café and the museum’s Auditorium are unique settings for breakfast meetings and corporate events. Learn More

Can I hold a wedding at the museum?

We regret that we are unable to accommodate weddings and wedding receptions. You are welcome to take photographs outside on the museum's Delaware Stairs.

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