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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  • August 6, 2017
    This is lovely local museum - on the smaller side, but with lots of great local history to give you a great feel for the city. I learned a lot while I was there - got to see some Tim Russert memoribil...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    A beaux arts building from the 1901 World's Fair, this museum gives the more than casual visitor an in-depth introduction to Buffalo history. Start upstairs with the Native American exhibit and Tim Ru...  more »
  • June 16, 2017
    This was my first time here, and I went on the third Friday of the month which is always FREE!!! (Thank you M & T). I loved being in the NEW YORK BUILDING, which was built for the l901 Pan Am Exhibiti...  more »

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