We strongly recommend that you make a pre-paid reservation. To ensure you have a great experience on your tour we limit the number of visitors per tour. Additionally, we don’t want you to be disappointed if you arrive without a reservation and we are sold out. You can make a reservation online or by telephone at 716-856-3858. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
The Martin House complex is located in a residential neighborhood. There is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood.
There is a parking lot at the Buffalo Zoo located at the corner of Jewett Parkway and Parkside Avenue that charges $4.00 per car. Cross Parkside Avenue and walk down Jewett Parkway. It is two blocks from the Buffalo Zoo parking lot to the Martin House. After your tour proceed to the Zoo admission desk to purchase a parking token to exit the Zoo parking lot.
There is a considerable amount of walking, standing and stair-climbing involved in both the Martin House and Martin House Plus tours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes! There are very few places to sit down on the tour.
Come prepared for the weather. Part of the tour is conducted outside and the weather can sometimes be cool or rainy.
The only way to enter the houses at the site is with a guided tour. You are welcome to view the exterior of the Martin House complex, visit the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion during tour hours and enjoy the educational displays. The Martin House Museum Store is located at the back of the property in the Carriage House and is open during tour hours.
No. The Martin House Museum 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 shop online for a list of our hours. Or shop online 24-hours a day.
We recommend that you arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the beginning of your tour. This allows you enough time to park, check-in, ask our docent or guest services staff questions about the area, and view the exhibits in the Eleanor & Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, the visitor's center at the Martin House Complex.
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.
The exception is the Photography + Tour held the second Saturday of each month. During this 90-minute first tour of the day photograhpy is permitted on the first floor of the Martin House. Camera bags, tripods and flash are not permitted inside the Martin House. The tour is limited to ten people.
Yes. Children 8 years and under are free. Students with an ID receive a discounted tour rate. Senior citizens who are 65 or older also receive a discounted tour rate. Visit our tour descriptions page for a full list of tours and pricing.