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Dome placed atop Buffalo Science Museum

Museum officials hope observatory opens next spring

Mike Baggerman
August 11, 2017 - 2:59 pm
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Since 1999 the Kellogg Observatory at the Buffalo Science Museum has been closed to the public but the museum took a major step today thanks to the installation of a new aluminum dome.

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"We're look at spring of (2018 for our opening of the observatory)," President & CEO of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences Marisa Wigglesworth said. "We don't have a set date just yet but we are getting close to announcing one but we are a few months away."

The base was extended by a foot to ensure that the observatory is more accessible to all visitors. A staircase still needs to be constructed along with an elevator.

"The prior access was via a spiral metal staircase," she said. "It was quite intimidating for many. This will be the first time it is accessible for all."

Anthony Picone from Picone Construction explained that the old material was made from a copper coated steel but after several years it was deteriorating.

"It could have been too costly to try and refurbish it," he said. "And there was no reason to. Also, this one is a lot lighter."

LISTEN: Marisa Wigglesworth on the observatory's future

Dome - Marisa Wigglesworth.mp3

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