Construction at the Museum

The Museum is open with pay what you wish admission, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uncovering history kicks up some dust! Due to ongoing historic restoration, parts of our lower level and our accessible entrance will be temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to call (716) 873-9644 ext. 309 for updates on construction and access.

Later this year, you can look forward to the grand reopening of the Museum’s lower level, restored to the original vision of architect George Cary! Learn more from our press release.

Welcoming You Safely to the Museum

The Buffalo History Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

Guests can experience Buffalo’s unique history with new policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all who enter the Museum’s buildings.

Advanced registration is available to the public. The maximum group size that can register through Eventbrite is 10. If you would like to attend the Museum with a group of more than 10 individuals, you must contact the Museum in advance by calling (716) 873-9644 ext. 309 or emailing We will discuss alternative options to ensure the safety of guests and staff, but keep in mind that indoor group tours are not allowed in New York State at this time.

Starting October 5, 2020 registration for a visit to the Museum will now include a timed start for your visit. This means if your ticket indicates 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., you should arrive within that time to begin your visit. You may visit the Museum as long as you would like until 5 p.m. The change is made to ensure all guests have the easiest check-in experience possible.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please consider staying home, seeking medical advice, and rescheduling your visit:

  • Have you experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days? Learn about the symptoms here.
  • Have you have tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days?
  • In the past two weeks, have you traveled to one of the restricted states that meet the criteria for required quarantine or “test out” in New York State? Learn about the NYS Travel Advisory here.


Reopening Plan: Pandemic Aware Procedures

Our Reopening Plan details safety measures in accordance with New York State’s Phase 4 Reopening Standards and the New York State Department of Health.

New procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advance, online pre-registration to visit
  • Limiting the number of guests at the Museum to 133 people per day (25% of our maximum capacity)
  • New guest check-in system and signage to minimize contact and promote social distancing
  • Masks are required for all staff and guests while inside the Museum and for the entire length of a visit. Masks should cover one’s nose, sit below the chin, fully cover one’s mouth and nose, and rest securely on one’s face. Face shields must be accompanied with a proper face covering that covers one’s mouth and nose. Masks can be cloth, surgical, or n95. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own masks, but a number of disposable masks will be available.
  • Hand sanitizing stations at Guest Services and throughout the Museum
  • Exhibits and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized and disinfected four times throughout the day

View our full Pandemic Aware Procedures below. Procedures were last updated February 9, 2021.

Hours of Operation

The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

The Resource Center at 459 Forest Avenue, which features the Spirit of the City exhibit, will be open for M&T Third Fridays.

The Research Library is accessible by appointment only.

Advance Registration

Guests are highly encouraged to pre-register on Eventbrite for general admission to the Museum. Virtual appointments are offered by the Research Library and must be booked in advance through Eventbrite.