Beginning life in 1862, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society has a history of its very own. It was founded as the Buffalo History Museum by an interested group of history buffs and quickly assembled a fine collection of regional paintings, artefacts, photographs, and manuscripts, charting the history of the local area. It quickly outgrew its initial space, but was given a new lifeline during the Great Exposition in the 19th century. A local architect by the name of George Cary was called upon to design and construct the New York State Building, which originally hosted the 1901 Pan-American Exposition and then remained as a permanent fixture housing local history.

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Inside the new larger facility, the mission of the society was expansion and the collection of new and interesting exhibitions. They have continued this goal from year to year, evolving and growing into the veritable treasure trove of historical import that they are today. They champion fostering a personal connection with the visitors by telling unique local stories in their permanent exhibition, which focuses on the surrounding area and history. Over the course of the year, they host various exhibitions, displays, talks, and lead tours through the exhibitions, hoping to educate as much as they entertain. Further details, booking, and prices can all be found on the website.

Attached to the museum is a research library that is open to researchers, educators, and the public alike and which contains a wealth of knowledge and collected history. They also have a museum shop selling mementoes and gifts as well as a cafe for those who have built an appetite of the edible variety whilst feeding their appetite for knowledge on the grounds.

Admission and Opening Hours

Admission to the museum is priced at $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens aged 60 and above, $5 for students aged 13 to 21, and $2.50 for children ages 7 to 12. Veterans, members, and children under age 7 are all admitted free of charge.

Admittance to the research library is $7 for non-members and free to all members.

The site is fully wheelchair accessible with an entrance for the mobility impaired on the side of the building and a lift to all floors inside. They have a wheelchair for use free of charge on a first-come first-serve basis.

The museum and the attached shop are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On Wednesdays, they open later from 10:00am until 8:00pm and on Sundays, they open 12:pm until 5:00pm.

The research library is open Wednesday to Saturday from 1:00pm until 5:00pm, although they often have extended library hours on Wednesday from 6:00m until 8:00pm if there is interest.

The facility is closed on major public holidays and on Mondays.


One Museum Court, Buffalo, New York 14216, website, Phone: 716-873-9644

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