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Plan Your Visit:

The Power Vista will host the annual "Eggstravaganza" on April 5.

Earth Day 2014:

You know it's never too early to enter the 2014 Earth Day sculpture contest!

Power Vista “Every Day is Earth Day” Sculpture Contest

Enter now and start thinking about your sculpture - on April 26, 2014, our “Every Day is Earth Day” celebration will take place, featuring live music by Solar Punch, and the contest winners (in various categories) will be unveiled! Check out last year's winners.

Here's how to enter for 2014...

The 2013 event drew in a record number of entries, let's see if we can break that record in 2014 with even more entries! See photos...

Please call us at 716-286-6652 with any questions. Or call us toll-free at 1-866-NYPA-FUN (697-2386).


Annual Festival of Trees:

An official stop along the “Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail” our recent Festival of Trees featured a dazzling display of artificial evergreens adorned with energy efficient lights, decorated for the season by local not-for-profit groups.

Would you like to participate in the 2013 Festival of Trees?

Would you like to participate in next years' 2014 Festival of Trees? Any not-for-profit organization can participate, start by contacting us to reserve a tree. Call 716-286-6652 or simply submit your completed 2014 form. NYPA supplies the tree and LED lights, you supply the decorations that describe your organization!


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Explore the Niagara Power Project Visitors Center

 

Visiting the Power Vista

Hands-on learning at the Power Vista!Imagine being able to reach out your hand and touch the power emanating from Niagara Falls. A trip to the visitors center at our Niagara Power Project can emulate that very experience! View our Calendar of Events.

The Power Vista features more than 50 interactive exhibits and an observation deck. Located just 4 miles downstream from the Falls, it is set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Niagara River Gorge.

Visitors of all ages enjoy the hands-on experience as they learn about hydroelectricity and the historic role it has played in the Niagara Frontier.

Visitors center and hours of operation: Located at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, NY, 14092-2199. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Call 716-286-6661 for more information.

celebrating 50 years!

In summer 2013, the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center turned 50! Come visit us and get a little nostalgic with our "Walk Through Time" photo display, sign our Anniversary Card, and enjoy the interactive exhibits. Anniversary Card messages will be included in a Power Vista time capsule to be buried at the end of its 50th anniversary year, next July!

Guests from the 60’s, 70’s & right on through today have enjoyed the Power Vista

NYPA's Power Vista Celebrates 7 millionth visitor!

Zachary Yates, 7 millionth visitor to Power Vista

The Power Vista Visitors Center marked a milestone in 2013, welcoming its seven millionth visitor since the facility first opened its doors in 1963.

Seen here is "Milestone Visitor" Zachary Yates, a student at Niagara University. Details...



Our digital TOUR

Over 20 exhibits are featured on the new QR Code tour at the Power Vista
New to the Niagara Power Vista is the QR code tour. This audio tour provides mobile access to over 20 exhibits, and works with both traditional cell phones (dial 716- 796-0135) and the latest smartphones (scan the QR codes with a QR Code Reader). Learn more about this interactive new addition to the Power Vista…


The Times of the Tuscarora cultural exhibitThe Times of the Tuscarora cultural exhibitThe visitors center includes a permanent exhibit called "The Times of the Tuscarora."


The timeline of the Tuscarora Nation from 800 A.D. to the present, including artwork, beadwork and other examples of Tuscarora history and culture.



We Make Learning Fun

We've recently added a 16 kW solar array to the roof of the Power Vista and linked it to an interactive kiosk in the exhibit area. The display provides real time generation data and information on solar energy technology.

Children enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Power VistaAmong other high-tech additions is a comprehensive Electric Lab, explaining the basics of electricity with an operating model of a hydropower turbine. Taking a more nostalgic approach, a realistic replica of a Victorian house combines local  period architecture with contemporary information on energy efficiency and electrical safety. Are you a fan of e-mail? Then send your friends and family an electronic postcard over the Internet, using our computers to place your image in one of four Niagara project backdrops.

And there’s more! A dramatic audio-visual display highlights Power Authority customers, including those Western New York firms that rely on Niagara’s economical hydroelectricity.

The enhanced large terrain mapOne of the Power Vista’s original features, a large terrain map demonstrating how Niagara River water is diverted to generate electricity, has been updated with fiber optics. This birds-eye view of the region is always popular with local residents and out-of-town tourists as they try to spot area landmarks. Once you’ve studied our simulated scenery, experience the real thing firsthand by simply stepping outside onto our Observation Deck.

Art lovers will appreciate our recent restoration of the seven-foot-high mural by American painter Thomas Hart Benton that depicts Father Louis Hennepin and a group of Native Americans viewing Niagara Falls during the priest’s 17th century expedition in the New World. The mural was commissioned by the Power Authority when the Niagara project was built.

Thomas Hart Benton original -  Father Hennepin’s Discovery of Niagara FallsCall us with your questions or for more information and details on special programs: 716-286-6661 or toll-free at 1-866-NYPA-FUN (697-2386). Now is the perfect time to plan your visit!

And be sure to include a trip to Niagara Falls State Park, America's oldest state park, and the many other Niagara region attractions. View the printer-friendly version of our neighborhood attractions map.

  • Niagara Power Vista brochure PDF or HTML
  • Niagara Power Project - Be Smart, Be Safe brochure PDF or HTML

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