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The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Drive
Buffalo, NY 14216

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Since 1862, The Buffalo History Museum (formerly known as the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society) has been Western New York’s premier historical organization, serving to collect, research, interpret, and share the Niagara Frontier’s rich history. Its collections include more than 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. The Buffalo History Museum annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages that utilize many of these resources to tell the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary people of Western New York.

We're here with the largest collection of Pan-American Exposition artifacts, to help people worldwide commemorate the l90l event which trumpeted the industrial and commercial excellence of the Americas at the turn of the last century. Our collections have other objects of national significance as well, such as the Red Jacket Peace Medal, the Pierce Motorette (an early motor vehicle), and prototype pacemakers, among the 80,000-plus items in our care. Sketches and paintings chronicle two centuries of growth of the city of Buffalo and surrounding land, and portraiture ranges from Peter Porter, one time Secretary of War, to Presidents Grover Cleveland and Millard Fillmore.

We’re here with nine exhibits that display a sampling of our vast collection which are right at home in the largest Pan-American artifact – the handsome Neo classical known as The Buffalo History Museum. We're here for you with a Research Library that maintains manuscript, photographic and rare book collections, including the Holland Land Company records, letters to Millard Fillmore, and records of the Larkin Company. If your roots are in Western New York, our extensive genealogical resources and digitized materials may help you find them. We are here to serve you, and we welcome you to explore. Check out our quarterly newsletter The Album.

The Buffalo History Museum is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It receives operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA, a state agency), and from members and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  

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