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“Great building”

The Buffalo History Museum
Ranked #37 of 159 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Housed in a century old building, the only one left from the Pan-American Buffalo Exhibition in 1901, this museum is physically extremely lovely. It has a unique gift shop and some of the staff were enthusiastic and happy to "talk shop", others, not so much. The exhibits themselves are average and somewhat disappointing for a city the size of Buffalo. The building and the grounds are worth a visit.

1  Thank Lawrence K
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

This museum has it all. There are great exhibits that highlight Buffalo's rich history and character, interactive exhibits for children, great information on the Pan American Exposition of 1901 and the assassination of President McKinley, a scenic view on a lake, its proximity to Olmsted's Delaware Park, and beautiful manicured grounds. It is really a day trip when you consider the lake and the rest of the surrounding area, including the proximity to two other fantastic museums, both within walking distance. The historic character extends to the building itself, which was built for the 1901 Exposition. Even the floor is amazing, with marble that contains imprints of fossils! This museum is not to be missed, including the historic neighborhood with its fantastic architecture and superb housing stock.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

On a recent trip to visit Buffalo's architectural highlights we decided to visit this historc site. The NY pavillion for the 1901 World's Fair, this beautiful building now houses a neat collection of local historical artifacts - Filmore's coach, the gun used by McKinley's assasin (including the handkerchief the anarchist used to conceal the weapon), exhibits devoted to the Underground Railway, the War of 1812, the role of the First Nations people, arts and crafts exhibits etc. It is a spectacular building from the exterior as well. It was a real and unexpected treat.

4  Thank JamesII
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

I've been visiting this museum, first as a resident of Buffalo and now as a returning visitor, for about 60 years. It is continually being improved and enhanced. The exhibits will appeal to every age. They have even added a little 'frontier home' where young children can interact and play at being 'frontier settlers'. The admission price is very reasonable.


2  Thank ClwMurph
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

If you are a history buff and want to learn more about the Erie Canal, the world's fair and the assasination on McKinley this is a great place to go. There is an air of mystery that surrounds the place, it only adds to the charm. I've been going since childhood and still love it.

Thank Jenny J
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