The Martin House offers educational tours and programs for all ages and skill levels surrounding topics related to architecture, design, and landscape.
All tours can be tailored to fit your classrooms’ individual needs, and our programs can be customized for your group's interests. Our education department caters to schools, families, scouts, and adults.
Visit our upcoming programs page for public programs, or contact us at 716-856-3858 ext. 206 to learn more.
School Tour Offerings:
School Program Offerings:
Architecture SHAPES Our World (K – 3): The built environment is made up of different shapes. Learn how these shapes work together in building the Martin House from the smallest detail to the grand planning of the site. Create your own 2D structure on paper to take with you after discovering shapes around the House.
Art Glass at the Martin House (K – 12): Art and architecture go hand-in-hand. Explore the Martin House with a concentration on the beautiful art glass window collection, and create your own art glass template after the tour.
Engineering Past and Present (K – 12): The Martin House is an engineering marvel. Take a tour of the site and learn about the history of engineering from 1907 – today. Discover unique details about the design by going "behind the scenes," experiment with geo-exchange, and learn the importance of I-beam construction that forever changed the way we think about buildings.
To introduce your classroom to the Martin House, our Director of Education is available to coordinate an outreach program in your classroom. Programs are one class period and can be used in combination with a tour (recommended) or as a stand-alone presentation.
Outreach programs start at $75.00 per class.
Junior Docent Program:
Our Junior Docent program is an excellent way to immerse your students into a challenging and rewarding experience while interpreting the significance of a historical landmark. Students learn about the history and significance of the site, and create their own tour that they will share with teachers and parents in a culminating program. This is a great way to express their creativity, gain public speaking skills, and practice leadership. The time commitment ranges from 3- 5 sessions.
Boy Scout Programs
This workshop will satisfy all requirements for the merit badge. Scouts will talk with an architect, tour the Martin House and parts of downtown, and practice both measuring and designing plans. The workshop will be held at the Martin House and Explore Buffalo. Scouts must have transportation. Please bring lunch.
$20 per scout / $10 per adult
Girl Scout Programs
$15 per scout / $10 per adult
For more information on Scout Programs, please contact Gina Miano.
Resources for Educators & Administrators:
For Schools in New York State:
Governor Cuomo launched the “Connect Kids to Parks” program to encourage teachers to bring their students to New York State parks and historic sites. The program will reimburse up to $1,000 per class for transportation, tolls and fees.