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The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo
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The Buffalo History Museum is located at 1 Museum Court in Buffalo, New York, just east of Elmwood Avenue and off of Nottingham Terrace, north of the Scajaquada Expressway, in the northwest corner of Delaware Park.HistoryThe building that houses the Buffalo History Museum was constructed in 1901 as the New York State pavilion for that year's Pan American Exposition, which is the sole surviving permanent structure from the exposition. As planned, the Buffalo Historical Society moved into the building after the exposition.Designed by Buffalo architect George Cary (1859–1945), its south portico is meant to evoke the Parthenon, in Athens. In 1987, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.Founded in 1862, the Buffalo Historical Society's first president was Millard Fillmore. Its exhibits, programs, and events are a magnet for schoolchildren, families, and students. It has hosted observances of Lincoln's Birthday for over a century.From 1879 to 1947, the Society published pioneering scholarship on the people, events, and history of the Niagara Frontier. Many of those volumes are now online in full text.ExhibitsAll three floors of the building offer exhibits, including the Rotary Gallery, the Pioneer Gallery, the Erie County Room, the State Court, the Community Gallery, Native American Gallery, Neighbors, and Bflo Made. The newest addition is a recreation of Tim Russert's office, which opened in October 2014 after having been installed at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. On view by appointment in the Museum's Resource Center on Forest Avenue is the gun used by Leon F. Czolgosz to shoot President William McKinley at the Exposition's Temple of Music on September 6, 1901.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »