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1872 Hopkins Atlas Plate


A map of buildings and owners in what we know as Canalside today. In 1872, when this map was made, Buffalo’s canal district was a dense, roiling center of commerce, industry, transportation, immigration, wealth, poverty, crime, and disease.

Red Jacket Medal


Peace medal presented to Seneca orator Red Jacket by President George Washington in Philadelphia in 1792. The medal bears symbolic imagery of peaceful coexistence between the United States and Native Americans.

Construction at the Museum

The Buffalo History Museum has begun its next phase of construction under our portico to restore the space and better the guest experience. Learn more from our press release.

While the Museum will close its primary location at 1 Museum Ct. from February 21 to March 30, 2021, we are expanding hours to our Resource Center.

Our Resource Center at 459 Forest Ave., which houses the Spirit of the City: Reimagining the Pan-American Exposition exhibit, will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from February 25 to March 27. You can reserve your free admission to our Resource Center in advance at the button below.


Apostolic Clock


An iconic timepiece created over the span of 35 years as a passion project by local engineer Myles Hughes. Before his death in 1923, he donated it to The Buffalo History Museum to be shared with the community. Like many late 19th century monumental clocks, its design was inspired by the Strasbourg Cathedral Clock of 1842. Apostles parade around Jesus every half hour with Peter turning his back to Jesus.

Pan-Am Night Scene Panoramic


In 1901 when the Pan-American Exposition opened, the sheer volume and color of electric lights, designed to be experienced after dark, was a new experience for Americans. This view, looking north from the Triumphal Bridge, includes the Temple of Music, Machinery and Transportation Buildings, Court of Fountains, Electric Tower, Manufactures Building, Liberal Arts and Ethnology Building, and part of the Government Building.

Evelyn Rumsey Cary Suffrage Poster


This poster was a favorite of the women’s suffrage movement. Created by Evelyn Rumsey Cary (1855-1924) of Buffalo, it is an elegant example of Art Nouveau graphic design, depicting a female figure transformed into a fruit tree. The building behind her may be based on the east façade of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Iver-Johnson Revolver

ca. 1901

Iver-Johnson, 32 caliber, nickel plated revolver used by Leon Czolgosz to assassinate President William McKinley outside the Temple of Music at the Pan American Exposition.

Grover Cleveland’s Cake Box & Cake


Cake box given as a wedding favor to the guests of the wedding of President Grover Cleveland to Frances Folsom in the White House on June 2, 1886. Inside the box there is still a portion of the dark cake that was given to the guests.

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Pony Coat


This overcoat belonged to Henry J. Miller. He was very close with his horse, Skip, and when Skip passed away in 1919, Henry had him made into this overcoat.

Larkin Photo in Atrium

The Larkin Administration Building was the first major commercial commission in Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. The central court shown here provided natural light to all five floors. The Larkin Building was demolished in 1950.

Scott Norwood Helmet


Scott Norwood’s only helmet worn in Super Bowl XXV, SB XXVI, Pro Bowl, regular season and playoff games from 1985-1991. It is part of the Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills Memorabilia.

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There are many ways to become involved with the Museum. Two of the most popular ways are by becoming a member or volunteering.

Members support the Museum with an annual fee that includes perks such as free admission, discounted admission to programs, invitations to members-only events, and more

Volunteers help with fundraising events, providing guided museum tours, and cataloging artifacts.

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Winifred Stanley Poster


Pioneering attorney Winifred Stanley (1909-1996), who grew up in Buffalo and earned her law degree from the University at Buffalo, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1942. In 1944, she introduced the first equal pay legislation in American history. She is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Tonawanda. Donated by Mary Louise Stanley.


Ca. 1895

This is Madame Le Doll, an automaton imported from a doll show in Paris and was the highlight of the Great Buffalo Doll Show in 1895. With a turn of a key, Madame Le Doll turns her head, fans herself, twirls her parasol, breathes, and winks.

Mary Talbert Portrait


Portrait of Mary Burnett Talbert (1866-1923) by G. Gonzalez, a civil rights activist, educator, and WWI Red Cross nurse. Talbert was a tireless worker for human rights in the late 19th and early 20th century and is perhaps best remembered for laying the foundations for the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynch Bills.

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On This Day In Buffalo

Saturday, February 27

Grand opening of Lafayette Theater, 1922

Lafayette Square

Death of nightclub owner Dan Montgomery, 1954

Cedar Street Baptist Chapel dedicated, 1859

Harry Houdini Performs at Shea's Garden, 1900

Businessman Edwin Burdick murdered in his home, 1903

103 Ashland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA

Journalist & playwright Marian de Forest born, 1864

Sunday, February 28

Kremlin Hall destroyed by fire, 1875

Eagle & Pearl

W & F Manufacturing, maker of Gurley candles & wax lips, announces company closure, 1994

Work begins on S.P.C.A. shelter, 1961

Mrs. Butler meets Fidel Castro, 1959


Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy, 2020

Monday, March 1

Guaranty/Prudential Building opens, 1896

Harbor Inn demolished, 2004

Chicago & Ohio Streets

All Nations Mardi Gras held, 1938

Broadway Auditorium

Cazenovia Creek floods, 1902

Michigan Street Baptist Church dedicated, 1846

George Takei headlines Star Trek Weekend, 1984

Clark Gym, University at Buffalo

Tuesday, March 2

Wheeler grain elevator destroyed by fire, 1906

City asked to preserve old castle at Fort Porter 1927

Anna Pavlova Dances at Teck Theater, 1911

Shea's Buffalo Theatre, 650 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Wednesday, March 3

Humboldt Parkway Methodist Church dedicated, 1912

Wheeler Elevator burned, 1906

Attorney Belva Ann Lockwood becomes first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, 1879

Young Men's Association incorporated, 1837

Absolutely fire proof Genesee Bldg opens, 1924

Emma Goldman gives speech on marriage and love, 1910

Harugari Frohsinn Hall, 421 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY

First Showing at the Albright Art Gallery in WNY, 1934

First Buffalonians show signs of COVID-19, 2020