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North Tonawanda History Museum

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DOUGANDPOLLY wrote a review Dec 2015
GRAND ISLAND910 contributions511 helpful votes
This is now called the Lumber City Museum, a nice collection but rather threadbare so far as staffing is concerned, with warnings against historythieves, amusing, picked up some very nice postcards here, though... five dollar entry fee seems high
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Bill H wrote a review Nov 2015
North Tonawanda, New York65 contributions22 helpful votes
Went to visit the Museum and was very impressed with the depth of the collection and the care with which it was displayed. It is obvious that it is a local production and that some of the displays are a little rough, but there is promise in the process of upgrading since the early days on Oliver Street. The one improvement that could be made would be to add more weekend time. Overall a fun and interesting time.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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NiagaraRiver wrote a review Oct 2015
Buffalo, NY23 contributions20 helpful votes
As you can see by my post history, I am not one who typically writes negative, one-star reviews. However, this museum warrants it, in my opinion. Unwelcoming is the best adjective to describe this place. First of all, the outside of the building is plastered with rules. These are all actually posted on separate signs outside the door: No pets. No photography. No smoking. No food or drink. No peddlers. No soliciting. No unaccompanied children. Shoes required. No strollers allowed in the building. No solicitors. No restrooms. Cell phones must be turned off. There's even a sign saying that it's a felony to steal from a museum. I swear every one of these signs is real. Printed on computer paper, with a large (usually all caps font) in the window. Such a negative vibe, right at the front entrance. Are these really necessary? There are no problems with peddlers and solicitors in this neighborhood. And I doubt there is a real problem with unattended children running rampant in the history museum. And since the place is always empty, I doubt the sounds of unsilenced cell phones is really an ongoing disturbance every day. And why can't I take photos in the museum? It is a public place with local, historical artifacts. They should be thrilled when people are interested enough to take photos. It's not like a secret society. As for strollers - it sure would be nice if parents with strollers were welcome here because introducing kids to history really is a good thing. It's a one-story building and it seems as though navigating with a stroller shouldn't be a problem. And, trust me, you'd rather have my two-year old in a stroller than walking freely. But.... Enough about the silly rules... On to my experience. I own a building in the City of Tonawanda. It can be seen clearly from NT, since it's right on the Erie Canal. I wanted to speak to an archivist to see if they had any old puctures with my building in the background. (I even saw one such picture on their website.) I was willing to purchase scanned copies or give them a respectable donation for their help. I walked into the building and a lady approached me at the door. "No pictures from the city of Tonawanda. We are exclusively for North Tonawanda!" She told me in a firm voice. "But there is a picture on your website with my building in the background..." I continued. "No. Only North Tonawanda." she says. "But is there a photo archivist I could talk to?" "We will not help you look for a picture of a building in the City of Tonawanda." And so our conversation ended, and I left. I am sure they must have some old canal pictures. And I am sure my building is in the background of some of them. (You can actually see my building from the history museum itself. And I saw a picture of it on their website!) However, I could not get past the front door without being shooed away. It's a good thing she didn't let me in because I wasn't about to power off my cell phone anyway.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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starart wrote a review Jul 2015
North Tonawanda, New York70 contributions17 helpful votes
There is so much to see in this museum and new things are constantly being added. This is not just information but collections of items to tell the stories of the people, places and things. All are displayed in story book detail with such loving care. Valuable source of resources and a unbelievable reference library . Such a gem! Revisits are a Must!
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Date of experience: March 2015
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JuneNY wrote a review Oct 2014
1,458 contributions358 helpful votes
I visited this museum several months ago (July 2014) and forgot to review it, but I remember it well. Staff is well informed and happy to answer any questions you have.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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