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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  • We went to the History Museum to see the ICONS exhibit, but found the WW1 exhibit, Native Tribes of the area and Train exhibits wonderful as well. The docent, Bob, was amazing. A retired Air Force vet...  more »
  • I have been her repeatedly since I was a boy. My favorite attractions were always the big clock in the main hall and the old main st. type exhibit with shops and the really old Harley. Now they have a...  more »
  • We visited this museum on a lark, hoping to understand more about the history of Buffalo. I would recommend that you begin on the third floor. that is where all the history is! the basement is interes...  more »

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