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The Buffalo History Museum takes the health of our staff, volunteers, guests, and community as top priority. As a preventative measure in light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Museum, Research Library, and Museum Shop will be physically closed effective immediately until further notice. All public programs and events from now until further notice are also canceled or postponed.

While this was not a decision made lightly, the safety of our community comes first coupled with the guidelines and recommendations provided by health officials.

Continue exploring our region’s unique history through our digital resources and information, including issues of our newsletter, digital archival projects, and highlights from our collection. Additionally, we will continue to share artifacts, information, and more on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Future updates, including potential closing extensions or cancellations, will be reflected here on our website and social media. We thank you for your support during this time and wish all wellness and safety.

COVID-19: Helpful Community Resources & Information

  • The Erie County Department of Health website has advisories, FAQs, and important local updates. They also offer a COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • New York State Department of Health offers Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • For national updates from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) visit their website.
  • Learn about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), prevention, and how it spreads on the CDC website.
  • If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, Erie County Department of Health website offers resources.

Our gratitude to leadership at the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York, and to the patriot workforce that continues to work tirelessly to support our community.

Hours & Admission

Below includes the hours and cost of admission for the Museum, Resource Center, Museum Shop, and Research Library.

All facilities are closed on national holidays.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. –  8 p.m.

Thursday: 10  a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 –  5 p.m.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 8  p.m.

Thursday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Friday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

By appointment with Walter Mayer, Senior Director of Collections. Walter can be reached at wmayer@buffalohistory.org or (716) 873-9644 ext. 402.

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

Adults: $10

Seniors (60+): $5

Students (13-21): $5

Children (7-12): $2.50

Children (0-6): Free

Members: Free

US Veterans/Active Military & Gold Star Families: Free, with appreciation always

Museum Shop: Free

Research Library: Included with Museum Admission

M&T Third Fridays: Free

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

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.

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.

No reservations are necessary.

If you have a group of 10 or more or would like a guided tour, please make a reservation with Patrick F. Ryan, Education Coordinator. Patrick can be reached at pryan@buffalohistory.org or (716) 873-9644 ext. 304.

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 or Research Library any time on that same day.