Visiting the Museum

The Museum is open with pay what you wish admission  (recommended admission is $10) Wednesdays through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free on M&T Third Fridays from 10a.m. to 8 p.m

M&T Third Friday on December 15, 2023 we will be closed at 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Front Desk.

The Museum and all facilities are closed on national holidays.

The Research Library at the Museum is open exclusively by appointment. You can schedule an appointment at Calendly. All appointments to our research library cost $10 per visit, and remain free for members. Mask use is optional. Appointments are paid for at the Front Desk of the Museum.


COVID-19 Guest Information

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?

Hours & Admission

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

M&T Third Fridays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed 5 p.m. on December 15)

The Museum and all facilities are closed on national holidays.

By appointment only. To book an appointment, visit Calendly. All appointments to our research library cost $10 per visit, and remain free for members.

Please note if you are coming into the Library to do research, we are asking that all staff and guests who enter wear a face masks, regardless of vaccination status.

By appointment: Call (716) 873 – 9644 ext. 402 for more details.

The Museum is offering Pay What You Wish admission, recommended admission is $10 per person.

Virtual appointments for the Research Library must be booked in advance via Calendly. In person Library Appointments are $10  and remain free for members. Virtual Library appointments are Pay what you Wish.


Download a map of the Museum here.

Our Locations

The Buffalo History Museum’s Pan American Building

1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 873-9644

Directions | Museum Map

The Buffalo History Museum’s Resource Center

459 Forest Avenue

(716) 873-9644 ext. 402


Accessibility at the Museum

Accessibility Statement

The Buffalo History Museum works to make all of its exhibits, public programs, and other offerings accessible to all audiences. For more information about accessibility and your experience, please either email your questions to or call (716) 873-9644 ext. 301.


The Buffalo History Museum offers free and accessible parking in the Museum’s adjacent lot both at the Museum building and the Resource Center.

Service Animals
Service dogs specially trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome at the Museum.

Information for Visitors Using Mobility Devices

At the Buffalo History Museum, all galleries, entrances, and facilities are wheelchair and mobility-device accessible. Our wheelchair-accessible entrance is located beyond the marble retaining wall, on the right side of the Museum as you look at it from the parking lot.  There is an incline to approach this side entrance; if you would appreciate assistance, please call (716) 873-9644 and our staff will meet you outside.

Wheelchairs are available free of charge at both the Museum and the Resource Center on a first-come, first served basis. For questions or assistance, please approach any staff member. If you would like to reserve a wheelchair in advance you can do so by calling (716) 873-9644 or emailing

There are wheelchair-accessible restrooms located on the main level of the Museum and the Resource center. Single user/family restrooms are available on the Museum’ main level, near the Museum Shop.

An elevator services each of the three levels in the Museum Building and is indicated on our Museum Map.

Services for Guests Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

The Museum provides free verbal-description docent-guided tours for select exhibitions by appointment. For questions or assistance, please approach any staff member. If you would like to reserve a verbal-description tour you can do so by calling Education Coordinator, Patrick, at (716) 873-9644 ext. 304 or by emailing us at to make an appointment.

Services for Guests Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Museum strives to effectively create access for individuals with disabilities in several ways, including but not limited to providing auxiliary aids and services necessary to ensure effective communication with individuals who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing.

All of the exhibition films at the Museum are open-captioned. The auditorium is also equipped with an assistive listening system. For questions or assistance, please approach any staff member, call us at (716) 873-9644, or email The Museum will give consideration to an individual’s requested auxiliary aid, service of choice, or work to provide an equally effective alternative.


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 reachable from the east and west by the Jesse Kregal Pathway.

The Museum is served by the Elmwood Bus #20 on the southeast corner of Elmwood & Nottingham.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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.

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