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by remembering, discovering, and sharing our stories; sparking emotional and social connections within our unique community.

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.

Experience history with us in 2021!

While the Museum is closed for the holidays through January 1, we are happy to share we are extending our free admission to January 2021 starting January 2!

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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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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

Thursday, January 21

Tewksbury crashes into Michigan St. bridge, 1959

$1 million hanger to be built Buffalo Airport, 1957

Iroquois Door factory destroyed by fire, 1923

Exchange & Larkin St.

Old Settler's Festival at St. James Hall, 1869

Friday, January 22

Damage on Buffalo Creek to Plimpton Elevator, 1874

Architect Richard Upjohn born, 1802

Designed St. Paul's Cathedral

Tanker car explodes, 1958

Niagara Junction Railway, Porter Rd., Niagara Falls, NY

Former President William H. Taft is a guest of the State Bar Association, 1915

Death of Roycroft artist Alexander O. Levy, 1947

Friday, January 22

Your Host restaurants incorporated, 1947

Automobile traffic returns to downtown Main Street, 2015

National Handwriting Day

Buffalo population passes 200,000, 1883

Ice jams the Buffalo river, 1887

Old Settlers Festival opens, 1867

Buffalo Common Council formally adopts the "City of Good Neighbors" slogan, 1940

Sunday, January 24

Niagara Falls High School destroyed by fire, 1922

Niagara Falls, NY

First Methodist Episcopal church dedicated, 1819

Franklin near Niagara

St. Vincent's Female Orphan Asylum incorporated, 1849

NHL All-Star game in Buffalo, 1978

Buffalo, 1978

Oil slick on Buffalo River catches fire near South Park lift bridge, 1968

Matthews-Northrup Press founded, 1881

Monday, January 25

Buffalo Creek Railroad incorporated, 1869

American Hotel destroyed by fire, 2nd time, 1865

Main near Eagle

Sattlers closes and files for bankruptcy, 1982

998 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212, USA

Jersey St. ME Church, burns, 1873