Health Update - May 18, 2021

Following the announcement of the CDC and New York State relaxing mask mandates for those fully vaccinated, The Buffalo History Museum has made the decision to maintain our current policy of requiring masks for staff and guests for the time being.

We will continue monitoring the situation to adjust our policy as we move forward. We thank all for their understanding and continued support of the Museum as we strive to ensure a healthy community for all who experience history.

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 or email kreed@buffalohistory.org 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.

Before Your Visit

Please note before your visit:

  • The maximum group size that can register through Eventbrite for a time block is 20. 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 kreed@buffalohistory.org. 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.
  • 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.

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.

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?
  • 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.

Have you visited the Museum since our August 1, 2020 reopening? Take a visitor survey and let us know how your experience went!

Hours & Admission

The Museum and Museum Shop are currently closed for restoration.

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: Closed

M&T Third Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum and all facilities are closed on national holidays, additionally December 30, 2020.

By appointment only. To book an appointment, visit Calendly.

 

M&T Third Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

The Museum is offering Pay What You Wish admission with reservation on Eventbrite

Virtual appointments for the Research Library must be booked in advance via Calendly.

 

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

Directions

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 reception@buffalohistory.org or call (716) 873-9644 ext. 301.

Parking

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 reception@buffalohistory.org.

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 reception@buffalohistory.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 reception@buffalohistory.org. The Museum will give consideration to an individual’s requested auxiliary aid, service of choice, or work to provide an equally effective alternative.

Pandemic-Aware Access

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 reception@buffalohistory.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 kreed@buffalohistory.org. We will discuss alternative options to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

Directions

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, 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.