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.


Special Secrets from the Stacks: Music. A one-morning pop-up display of pictures, books, manuscripts, or other items from the Library collection that you can actually sit down with and handle. The topic of this Secrets from the Stacks is music.

Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports 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 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.

I Got Somethin’ To Show You captures, through Shannon Davis's photography, the environment and people of Buffalo’s Old First Ward Community through vivid photography, emphasizing how the Old First Ward has maintained a level of pride and resilience despite economic hardships throughout the 20th Century.

History Makers features profiles, artifacts, and imagery of 20 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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