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“Buffalo History Museum”

The Buffalo History Museum
Ranked #38 of 159 things to do in Buffalo
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

One can spend a lot of time at the Buffalo History Museum. The grounds include a Japanese garden and you can fish in the lake (if you have a license). The building itself is beautiful, both inside and out. Unless you are attending one of the very enjoyable special occasions, the museum is usually quiet and serene (except, I suppose, when there is a school group). The exhibits are pretty much "view only" and cover a wide range of local history. There is, however, a model railroad setup in the basement level which, I believe, operates on the weekends. If you are interested in history and/or genealogy, the museum has an excellent research library which is open (for a fee) from 1-5pm on Wednesday to Saturday. I enjoy the gift shop as it contains almost as many interesting items as the museum! Buffalo History Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-5, Wednesday 10-8, and Sunday 12-5. Closed on Monday. Adults pay $7, Seniors (60+) and students (13-21) pay $5, children 7-12 pay $2.40, and members and children under 7 are free. Third Fridays are free days. Parking is also free.

3  Thank Marcia B
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is obvious, just by the beauty of the building and surrounding area. Buffalo, NY was THE place to be back in the early 1900's, due to the Erie Canal. Many millionaires once lived here and this building is the last standing structure that was used during the 1901 Pan American Exposition. Take a step back in time and visit a city that is rich in history. I greatly enjoyed the current exhibits on display, which included items such as a slice of wedding cake from President Grover Cleveland's wedding and the gun that was used in President William McKinley's assassination in Buffalo. I also spent some time in the museum's reference library, which was very interesting. Insider tip: Make sure you walk around to the back of the building and see the statue of Abraham Lincoln and the beautiful Japanese Garden. Also, the museum offers free admission on the third Friday of each month!

5  Thank Melanie C
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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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