Admission to The Buffalo History Museum is free through the end of 2020. Guests are highly encouraged to pre-register before visiting the Museum to guarantee their spot. You can pre-register at the link below. Please note before your visit:
Starting October 5, 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. Admission will remain free through the end of 2020.
The Buffalo History Museum reopened to the public August 1 with free admission through the remainder of 2020. Guests will be able to experience Buffalo’s unique history with new policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all who enter the Museum’s buildings.
Beginning in August, advanced registration will be available to the public.
Have you visited the Museum since our August 1 reopening? Take a visitor survey and let us know how your experience went!
Pre-registration to attend the Museum is highly encouraged through Eventbrite.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
M&T Third Fridays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Museum and all facilities are closed national holidays.
M&T Third Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking and Accessibility
Free parking is available at the Museum’s Pan American Building. Street parking is available for the Museum’s Resource Center.
The Museum has an accessible entrance to the right of the building and an elevator. A wheelchair is available on a first come, first served basis.
From Interstate 90, take Route 33 west to Route 198 (Scajaquada Expressway) west. Exit the 198 at Elmwood Avenue, turn right from the off-ramp onto Elmwood Avenue. Turn right onto the first street on your right, Nottingham Terrace, and turn into the parking lot at your right which is 1 Museum Court. The Museum is located on your left from the parking lot.
From Interstate 190, exit at Route 198 (Scajaquada Expressway) east and continue to the exit at Elmwood Avenue. Bear right and continue to the intersection with Elmwood. Turn right onto Elmwood Avenue and turn right on to the first street, Nottingham Terrace. At the first right turn into the parking lot which is Museum Court. The Museum is located on your left from the parking lot.
The Museum is self-touring and self-paced, so visiting times will vary. For those interested in a quick visit to the Museum, some galleries can be viewed in as little as an hour. For visitors wishing to spend an entire morning or afternoon exploring the history of our region, the artifacts, information, narratives, hands-on activities, stories to be discovered in our Research Library, and shopping all combine to a longer experience.
On average, most spend between one to two hours in the Museum.
Yes! The Museum welcomes children of all ages with galleries that include a number of hands-on activities for children, from historic props, interactive displays, and our ever-popular Train Gallery. Scavenger hunts are available at Guest Services.
Yes! Your admission is valid until the Museum closes and allows reentry to the Museum any time on that same day.