Exhibits

Apostolic Clock in Museum Shop and always free to view.
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The Buffalo News and M&T Bank present Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports.  Icons explores our rich sports history and investigate the unique connection between fans and our beloved teams and sports idols. 

Icons is located in newly refurbished gallery space and on The Buffalo History Museum’s second level, adjacent to Inside Tim Russert’s Office.

This engaging, multimedia exhibit features stories and artifacts spanning more than a century. Guests of the Museum will enjoy a series of one-of-a-kind interactive experiences- including a Buffalo sports trivia game, voting for top ten favorite moments with incorporated film clips, a test of coaching prowess in an engaging interactive, “You Call the Play” mimicking game broadcasters and featuring game footage.

Guests are invited to explore the origins of professional sports in Buffalo, relive the most unforgettable moments, and remember the teams and people that inspired us all. Featured sections – determined by members of the community- will highlight Buffalo’s top ten iconic sports moments, greatest teams, and sports figures. 

We feel you will love Icons, a one-of-a-kind history exhibit. 


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The Alumni of Canisius High School Presents Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press" 

After more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert moved to his hometown of Buffalo, New York. We've also added a "Buffalo connection" piece to the exhibit.   

The office re-creation includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos.  


Location:   The Buffalo History Museum, Second Level 

Additional Support:
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Richard and Karen Penfold
Hodgson Russ 
Congressman Brian Higgins
Councilman Christopher Scanlon
Councilman Joseph Golombek 

View the national mentions
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NBC Nightly News and Today!  


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For Home and Countryimg2.jpg, marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. During the war, our nation lost nearly 117,000 of its bravest men and women. The exhibit commemorates the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. 

Guests will explore their stories and view rarely before seen artifacts from the collection including home front advertising, uniforms, and weaponry. A faux-bunker installation will honor the soldiers of the decisive Meuse-Argonne Offensive and a memorial wall within the exhibit will give remembrance to each man and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The exhibit will run until April 2019. The coinciding WWI propaganda poster exhibit in the State Court, Paper Bullets: The Posters That Sold The Great War will close in December 2017. 

Location: The Buffalo History Museum, Erie County Room  

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The Vukelic Family presents Paper Bullets: The Posters That Sold the War Liberation.jpg

Three World War I poster exhibits will carry the museum through the end of the centennial (2018). The content will provide insight into the posters and their symbolism while laying a basic framework to understanding the larger war. The posters will be displayed according to country, in the following order: France, Britain/Canada, US.

Each of the posters is part of The Buffalo History Museum’s permanent collection. The works were selected according to which best represent various themes of the war and its timeline. Each has been conserved. Approximately thirty posters will be conserved in all. 

Location: The Buffalo History Museum, State Court 
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"Working from historical photographs of the Erie Canal, obtained courtesy of The Buffalo History Museum, I re-imagine the past in this series of drawings. Using pencil, conte crayon and charcoal, I explore the shapes of the water, boats and buildings with the intent of capturing the structural grace of the canal, what traversed it, and what was built around it." - Dana Hatchett 
 
Location: Community Gallery
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The John R. Oishei Native American GalleryThe John R. Oishei Native American Gallery

This permanent installation traces the region’s history through its first inhabitants, while focusing on the formation and evolution of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Highlights of the exhibit include a walk-in longhouse, a dazzling gustoweh (headdress) display, and Seneca Orator Red Jacket's cherished peace medal. 

The John R. Oishei Foundation funded the revitalization of the gallery.

Location: Second Level Gallery  
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Exploring the region's rich ethnic and cultural heritage through the traditions and stories of immigrant Germans, Poles, Italians, African Americans, Irish, Asian, Balkan and many other groups as they formed a community here.


Location: Second Level Gallery
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Street of ShopsStreet of Shops

Experience some of Buffalo's 19th century shops and businesses, including Bliss Bros Studio (interactive photo fun), Adam, Meldrum & Company, and Millard Fillmore's carriage. Generous funding from The Junior League of Buffalo supported the Street of Shops.

Location: Lower Level


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The John R. Oishei Pioneer Gallery
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Pioneer life in Buffalo Creek Village is interpreted with a full-wall mural depicting rural life, as well as the beloved and iconic blacksmith’s shop and weaver’s cottage. New elements include hands-on activities in the recreated Post Office and Crow Tavern. Enter into this world and become transfixed.

Location: Lower Level
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 The Train Gallery 


The impressive train display includes 1900s replica model trains running on more than 200 feet of track, as well as a scale Erie Canal lock, and 100 miniature buildings portraying 19th century Buffalo and Western New York.

The Buffalo History Museum’s popular family event, “Train Day" takes place annually Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday. A tradition for over 20 years.

Location:  Lower Level  

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Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition

Spirit of the City, the History Museum's 3000 square foot feature exhibit showcasing the Pan-art1.jpgAmerican Exposition, and our collection storage areas populate the Resource Center. In the 1990s, The Buffalo History Museum acquired and renovated the streetcar repair barn (circa 1895). 
The materials housed in the Pan-Am Building during the Centennial, transforms this 100+ year old trolley barn into a Pan-Am Exposition hall. The combined exhibit features “the Little Building,” a rediscovered structure from the Pan-Am grounds, plus artifacts and hands-on displays that explore the exposition’s funny and serious sides.

Location: Resource Center at 459 Forest Avenue
Free to visit on M&T Third Friday of the month, 10 am - 5 pm 

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