Millard Fillmore Museum

Millard Fillmore Museum, East Aurora: Hours, Address, Millard Fillmore Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Millard Fillmore Museum
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Millard Fillmore was the 13th president of the United States serving between 1826 and 1830. Auroraeans are proud that we shared in the young adult life of Millard Fillmore and his wife Abigail. We feel honored to have the Millard and Abigail Fillmore House designated as a National Historic Landmark and hope that you will enjoy coming to visit.
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Maggie T
Wisconsin2 contributions
The Millard Fillmore house and museum was my destination when visiting the Buffalo area. Situated in East Aurora, NY, on a quiet residential corner, you might think he could be anyone's neighbor. He built this house so that is the first and best thing to remember about it. Millard was only president from 1850-53, and unfortunately one of the lesser known U.S. Presidents. As such, you can't expect something as grand as Hyde Park & FDR's museum. Millard was a humble man and you can see that represented in his museum.
You will also learn about the occupants of the home afterwards and how it came to be preserved from the 1800s. If you don't know a lot about President Fillmore, you will by the end of the tour. I am a bit biased because Millard Fillmore is my favorite President, but I truly think that anyone with an appreciation for history would enjoy this tour. Also includes actual Millard Fillmore owned and period artifacts as well as a small museum on the back end of the house.
You do need to call in advance to arrange a tour, but that was no trouble at all. The tour guide was excellent and a wealth of information. I wish they would include literature about other Millard Fillmore places of interest for you to go and visit after the home, such as his law office, original location of the home, grave, etc.
Written June 17, 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,717 contributions
This was a neat little tour. I called ahead to get a tour scheduled and the docent was over the moon energetic! It made the tour extra good seeing the passion and life she put into the stories of both President Fillmore and later residents of the home. There is street parking available in front of the house, as it is in a subdivision. The price is really good at $10. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written September 8, 2020
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njoevac
Harmony, PA29 contributions
Couples
We learned a great deal on an hour tour. President Fillmore isn't one many of us know well and weren't sure of our interest. We came away with some cool insights showing us the period, values and american life pre-civil war. The docents here exude enthusiasm undeterred by the challenge of masks. There is much to be gained going here. The artifacts and details seem very authentic and gave us stories and specifics of the era that we never knew. Some of the hardships and tragedies these early Americans endured surprised and amazed us. Thanks to the historical society for keeping the Fillmores alive for us to learn.

p.s. We had an equally great tour at the companion site of the historical society, The Elbert Hubbard Museum (ShideMantle) house.
Written September 29, 2020
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boughsofholly
Trenton, NJ348 contributions
Family
The only remaining home of Millard Fillmore (AND built by the president himself), this house was my family's 34th presidential home visit.

Don't let the quaint size of the house fool you - the tour is very informational and features the original house as well as its later additions and renovation; within the house, there are both period pieces and furniture/items owned by Millard Fillmore and his family.

Kathy and Ruth were the friendly and enthusiastic tour guides who managed our tour; they knew a great deal about Fillmore, his history, and the era of his life - we definitely learned a lot!
Written August 9, 2020
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Nelson
Madison, WI45 contributions
Are you a former president geek? If so, then you need to go here. Not much known about Millard's presidential term. You can learn all about it here. You need to call ahead of time to make sure you can get an appointment. It's a bit difficult to get a tour with labor/volunteer shortage etc. There is also an outside building to tour in addition to the main house. Admission fee is $10.
Written July 17, 2022
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Elaine M
Waterville, New York, United States24 contributions
Couples
Our hobby over the years has been visiting homes of the presidents. We have been to many of the most famous and some of the less famous... 20 so far and counting. We were very impressed with the house, the furnishings & possessions, the docents, and the history we received. I really can't understand the criticism of a recent visitor. Many, many items in the house belonged to the Fillmores with the main part of the house and a kitchen table handmade by the president himself! Several items on display were brought back from the White House. The quilt on the bed in the tumbling blocks pattern was hand sewn by Abigail Fillmore herself! Daughter Mary's one of a kind harp is on display and is truly a work of art. The Fillmore's personal "one horse open sleigh" is in the carriage house outback. This house is staffed by well-informed volunteers from the local historical society, and let me tell you, they know their stuff! We left the home with much more knowledge of President Fillmore and his family. If you are looking for a fancy mansion, gilded & ornate, don't bother to go. But if you want to really see a unique piece of history and learn more about our 13th president, you will be well-rewarded. They are not operated by the National Park Service, so they don't have your tax dollars supporting them. I don't think that $10 per person is too much to ask! We are very glad that we added the Millard Fillmore home to our travels!
Written September 30, 2013
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nyyankeegirl2
upstate ny40 contributions
Took a day trip to the absolutely lovely little town of East Aurora, and on a whim visited the Millard Fillmore Museum. Fascinating information and so much to see. Despite its small size, the tour was a good length, chock full of information. With items from his young married life, to his law books, to items from the white house, this is better than I honestly expected. Make sure you check ahead for hours because they are limited. The tour guides were for the most part a hoot - great ladies, and some happen to be from the Daughters of the American Revolution. They knew their stuff! Take the tour, they have great stories to share.
Written September 22, 2017
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pasbuffalo
Williamsville436 contributions
Couples
We visited the Millard Fillmore house museum two days ago. I thought I knew a few things about Millard Fillmore, but I was surprised to learn a few new things and to have some misconceptions about him and his presidency corrected. Yes, the museum is open limited hours and days (currently only from 1 - 4 PM on Wed., Sat., & Sun.). Still, it is definitely worth a visit. We had a total of three different docents, all of whom were very knowledgeable, to discuss different aspects of Fillmore, the house, and its contents. This is the only house that a president built with his own hands, and it contains many items that belonged to Fillmore and his family, including some pieces that were in the White House during Fillmore's presidency. Admission is reasonable at $10 per person. For an extra $5, you can get a combo ticket to this museum and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum, just a short walk from here.
Written August 3, 2012
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jmasc1
Buffalo, NY500 contributions
If you're in Buffalo or Niagara Falls, a day trip to East Aurora might be just what you need. The kids will love the Kazoo Factory and Vidler's 5-and-dime. For lunch, you could stop at Taste in Orchard Park (near to this); a coffee/sandwich shop that has a definitely cool vibe. This museum is also a great stop. Really small, but the volunteers are passionate about it - you can tell. (Some dress in period clothing.) You learn some interesting things about the President, the time period, and how this house came to be (he built it himself in ANOTHER location - they literally picked it up & moved it later). I really recommend checking this out. My fiance is not a history buff (and I am) - but we were both captivated by information provided. Cheap to get in - I think $5/person. Fair price when you realize that you're helping to support the (apparently) last house standing that a President built with his own hands.
Written April 29, 2011
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AKWBLMMD
South Carolina12 contributions
Family
We, too, tried to visit... Emailed earlier in the day to see if we could get a special tour since we weren't sure we'd get there by 4:00. Didn't hear back (until the next day), so cut out other planned stops to make it in time. Posted hours were 1-4. We got there at 3:40. It was all locked up and no sign of anyone there. We realize we wouldn't have had time to tour, but wouldn't loved to just walk in. Assumed at least someone would be there until 4. Don't assume posted hours are correct. Call or email days in advance to be certain. Having a son who is very interested in presidents, we have been touring presidential sites for several years and traveled a long way to see this particular site. We were very disappointed, and so was our son.
Written July 24, 2016
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