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.
Please note before your visit:
Registration for a visit includes 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.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please consider staying home, seeking medical advice, and rescheduling your visit:
Have you visited the Museum since our August 1, 2020 reopening? Take a visitor survey and let us know how your experience went!
The Museum and Museum Shop are currently closed for restoration.
M&T Third Fridays: Closed
The Museum and all facilities are closed on national holidays, additionally December 30, 2020.
The Resource Center currently has extended hours. Advance registration to visit the Resource Center is highly encouraged on Eventbrite.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum is offering free admission.
Virtual appointments for the Research Library must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.
We will continue to offer free admission through M&T Third Fridays as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. The Museum will give consideration to an individual’s requested auxiliary aid, service of choice, or work to provide an equally effective alternative.
Masks are required for all staff and guests while inside the Museum for the entire length of your 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. Those unable to medically tolerate required face coverings may contact us in advance so we can arrange appropriate accommodations; you can reach us by calling (716) 873-9644 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance guest registration is available for groups of up to ten individuals. If you would like to visit with a group of more than 10 people, you must contact us prior to your visit by calling (716) 873-9644 ext. 309 or emailing Guest Services Coordinator, Kelsey Reed at email@example.com. We will discuss alternative options to ensure the safety of guests and staff.
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.