Prepare for Your Visit

What you should know.

The House is located at 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. Located in a residential neighborhood, there is space for limited on-street, free parking. However, please note the posted signs. There is one area in front of the house reserved for bus drop off, and parking is restricted on certain sides of the street on specific days.

We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes prior to the beginning of your tour to explore the Eleanor & Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, our visitor center. Doors open half an hour before the first tour of the day.

Inside the pavilion you will discover interpretive displays designed to enhance the story of how great architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright intersected with Darwin D. Martin’s enlightened patronage, and will explore the context of their times. Learn more about the visitor center.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions when planning a visit to the Martin House.

Information about Health and Safety Guidelines

The Martin House is committed to keeping everyone safe. Please visit this page for the most up-to-date Health and Safety guidelines.

Do I need a reservation?

Advance reservations are required. To ensure you have a safe and positive experience during your visit, and to maintain social distancing, we are limiting the number of visitors during a tour.

Find information about our tour offerings and how to make advance reservations here.

How much walking is involved in the tour? Is there a chance to sit down?

There is a considerable amount of walking, standing, and stair-climbing involved in most of our tours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

There are very few places to sit down on the tour.

Do tours go outside?

Come prepared for the weather. Tours do go outside, and it can sometimes be cool and/or rainy.

Is the estate wheelchair accessible?

There are certain areas on the Martin House estate which are not wheelchair accessible, including the 2nd floor of the Martin House and the pergola. Our Greatbatch Pavilion Visitor Center is accessible, as are many of the outdoor areas, which can be accessed without reservations. More details >

  • If you are planning a tour, you can refer to the tour descriptions.
  • If you are attending a special event in one of the historic locations on the estate, please contact info@martinhouse.org for more information.

 

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

The Martin House does not refund tour or event tickets. If you cannot visit the Martin House on the designated day of your tour, we will be happy to reschedule your tour or issue a patron credit for a future tour or event ticket. We do not issue patron credit for event or fundraiser tickets.

In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund will be issued.

Do you offer tour information in languages other than English?

The Martin House is honored to welcome guests from all over the world, as well as members of our community, for whom English is a second language.

To enhance the experience of a tour of the Martin House estate, we offer foreign language guides upon arrival:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Can I take a non-guided tour of the Martin House?

We offer self-guided tours throughout the year, mostly in the early evenings, on selected dates. Docents will be present throughout the journey to answer your questions. Find the self-guided tour information and tickets here.

You are welcome to explore the exterior of the Martin House, including the fully-restored historic landscape, any time. Here is a guide to the most asked about plants in the landscape.

The educational displays inside the Greatbatch Pavilion Visitor Center are accessible to the public during tour hours.

The public is also welcome to visit the Martin House Museum Store, located at the back of the property in the carriage house. The on-site store is open during tour hours.

Do you have a restaurant on site?

The Statler Cafe is currently closed. However, Visit Buffalo Niagara is a useful resource to discover great eateries when planning your visit to Buffalo.

Do you have to be on a tour to enter the Museum Store?

You are always welcome to visit the Martin House Museum Store! The store is located in the Carriage House and is open to visitors on our tours and for those who would like to walk-in and shop. Visit the store online for a list of our store hours and to browse our online selections.

Can I take photos?

If you are interested in taking interior photos of the Martin House, please join us on one of our Photography Tours.

Due to safety and security reasons, photos inside The Martin House, Barton House, and Gardener’s Cottage are prohibited. Photography is allowed on the pergola and in the conservatory.

You are welcome to take as many exterior photos as you like.

Are backpacks allowed?

Large backpacks are not allowed in the Martin House due to safety concerns. If you have a backpack, please leave it in your car or you will be kindly asked to leave it with our guest services staff for the duration of your tour.

Are strollers allowed on tour?

Due to space limitations, strollers are not permitted in the historic buildings.

Is there a place to secure my bicycle?

Yes. There are two bright green bike racks behind our visitor center, the Eleanor & Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion.

How can I find out border crossing times?

Travelers can obtain current border traffic conditions by calling the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s toll-free number at 1-800-715-6722.

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