The Science Museum
Camera Club

The Science Museum Camera Club is a community of practice that has been meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science since 1939.  As a community, we welcome photographers of all levels of experience.  We believe that by sharing our knowledge, experience, and friendship we can grow in our abilities as photographers while having fun doing so.


  • Cheryl Belczak Published the December SMCC FORMAT Newsletter. You can download a copy of the newsletter here.

  • Cheryl Belczak published the September SMCC FORMAT Newsletter. You can download a copy of the newsletter here.

  • Here are the results of the PSA Competitions that the SMCC participated in SMCC PSA 2021-22 Club Competitions Final Report.pdf 

SMCC Branded Garments from Land End

Our club has a Lands End Storefront.  You can purchase garments with the SMCC Logo from Lands End.

Here is the link to the Storefront:


From September through May, we meet every first and third Wednesday of each month at The Buffalo Museum of Science located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211-1293. The venue is the museum's theater which features a world-class screen for projected images and theater seating.   Meetings start at 6:30 PM and close by 9:30 PM. Visitors are welcome at any meeting at no cost. Since Summer is the time to go photograph with the family, the club does not meet during June, July, and August. Please see our schedule on this website for more detail.

Contact us: E-mail

The Club Helps Members Achieve Their Photographic Goals:

Listed below are some of the activities the Club offers as a means to follow your passion.  As a community, it is up to the members to determine what best fits their needs. 

Feedback:  The first meeting of every month is a competition.  Following specified guidelines, members enter digital and print images that are evaluated by experienced judges from outside the club.  One key benefit of competition is that everyone views the entries and hears judges' comments which in turn will help all understand how to improve their own photography.

Education:  The second meeting of every month is program night, featuring topics of interest to the club members.  These sessions are intended to foster knowledge and understanding and to support all members in becoming better photographers.

Hands-on: Several opportunities for field trips are offered each year and the club encourages member participation.

Informal Connections:  One of the greatest benefits of community is that one can always connect with other Club members to learn a new skill or to solve problems.  The Club environment is keyed to facilitating these interactions.

Outings:  Club members go as a group to interesting locations for photographic opportunities.

Opportunities to Exhibit Photos:

The club participates in several photo competitions regionally and internationally where members' photos are submitted. The Club is a member of the Photographic Society Of America (PSA) and the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs (NFRCC), both of which hold competitions. Galleries on the Club website also provide the opportunity for members to showcase their photographs on the internet.


The annual individual membership fee is $40.00 and a family membership is $50.00. Students over 18 with a School ID can join for free.

Only paid members can enter pictures in competitions.  Visitors, please feel free to drop in at any meeting.  We welcome all levels of photography.


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