We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Buffalo History Museum

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216-3160 (Formerly Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society)
Phone Number:
+1 716-873-9644
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 48 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Be sure to visit!

The last remaining building from the Pan American expo. It's important as a physical building as well as the collection. You can spend an hour there or longer if you linger at the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Linda147
,
Cambridge, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 47: English reviews
Cambridge, New York
Level Contributor
158 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last remaining building from the Pan American expo. It's important as a physical building as well as the collection. You can spend an hour there or longer if you linger at the exhibits. We enjoyed visiting. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Helpful?
Thank Linda147
Miami
Level Contributor
1,000 reviews
304 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little museum however I do not believe it is of sufficient interest for children under the age of eight to be kept entertained. There were a few exhibits that were aimed for younger children but they either weren't working or the buttons were broken which left them frustrated. There is a model train exhibit on the... More 

Helpful?
Thank mwooduk
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 25, 2017

This is the only building that still remains from the Pan- American exhibition of 1901. As city museums go (as opposed to state museums) this is fairly impressive, and it is located near Delaware Park ( a Frederick Law Olmstead creation - the same guy who designed central park in NYC), and has a small Japanese garden of its own.... More 

Helpful?
Thank smithnewland
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

The history museum is located in a spectacular building that was erected during the Pan American Exposition of 1901. Having said that, many of the exhibits on the lower level were dusty and unkempt looking and left us very disappointed. By comparison, the displays on the upper floor were interesting and informative although the few interactive displays were all broken.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Iris W
Youngstown, Ohio
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2017

My parents and I visited here just a few weeks ago, and for a small museum focusing on local history, I was really impressed! First, we were warmly greeted by the gentleman at the front desk who asked my Dad if he was a veteran (Dad was wearing his Air Force hat). Dad said yes, Dad got in for free.... More 

Helpful?
Thank OrionOctober
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
597 reviews
306 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2017

In a building, the ONLY building left from the 1901 world Expo...such a gorgeous building! Staff were helpful and cheerful. Loved the apostolict clock. Wonderful quilt exhibit and trains; so much to see and in a very well laid out order, too.

Helpful?
Thank Scouternurse S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2016

It's very much a social history museum which focuses on local history in a bubble rather than in a broader national context. However, the exhibits are interesting and broad and worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank Keith T
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for a football game and went to the museum on a Saturday afternoon. We are both originally from Buffalo and have never been. While the exhibits were just ok, the staff at the front desk and research library were excellent. We made a few purchases in the museum shop and they made sure... More 

Helpful?
Thank PaulaLavocatCovial
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Took my ten year old grandson to The Buffalo History Museum on a Tuesday in October. The group of retired train men meet in the basement and all trains were running ! Very knowlegeable men who like to answer kid's questions. The Apostle Clock never disappoints and my grandson was entranced. Tim Russert's office is fascinating. So much more. Don't... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank joni1953
Webster, New York
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2016

while a bit light on the amount of exhibits, it was, nonetheless, interesting, especially the quilts and Tim Russett's office exhibit. The admission was reasonable with all of the discounts offered. A pleasant 1-1.5 hour stop.

Helpful?
Thank jbmalinchak

Travelers who viewed The Buffalo History Museum also viewed

 

Been to The Buffalo History Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Buffalo History Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?