The Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216 - United States





The Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York’s premier historical organization since 1862. We are the keepers of the authentic stories that make our community unique. Our collections, exhibits, and programs tell the stories of the people, events, and movements that demonstrate Western New York’s essential place in shaping American history.


Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports
This exhibition explores our rich sports history and investigate the unique connection between fans and our beloved teams and sports idols.

Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press”
After more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert moved to his hometown of Buffalo, New York. We’ve also added a “Buffalo connection” piece to the exhibit.

The John R. Oishei Native American Gallery installation traces the region’s history through its first inhabitants, while focusing on the formation and evolution of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Neighbors: The People of Erie County
This exhibition explores the region’s rich ethnic and cultural heritage through the traditions and stories of immigrant Germans, Poles, Italians, African Americans, Irish, Asian, Balkan, and many other groups as they formed a community here.

Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York
This exhibition explores our area’s long-fought struggle for a woman’s right to vote. The exhibition includes stories of both those who rallied for equality at the ballot box and the people who argued against it. The display is a centennial celebration of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Subjects featured in the exhibit include the early stirrings of women’s rights on the Niagara Frontier, World War I and its effect on suffrage, and the Buffalo Six—the Western New York women who were imprisoned for picketing the White House.

History Makers features profiles, artifacts, and imagery of 18 of our region’s most historically significant and well-known figures. Experience a wide range of eras and topics in local history spanning from Joseph Ellicott and his land survey to Buffalo Bob Smith and his beloved television character Howdy Doody.

Street of Shops allows guests to experience some of Buffalo’s 19th century shops and businesses, including Bliss Bros Studio (interactive photo fun), Adam, Meldrum & Company, and Millard Fillmore’s carriage. Generous funding from The Junior League of Buffalo supported the Street of Shops.

The John R. Oishei Pioneer Gallery interprets pioneer life in Buffalo Creek Village with a full-wall mural depicting rural life, as well as the beloved and iconic blacksmith’s shop and weaver’s cottage.

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