Buffalo Museums & History
Buffalo enjoys looking back as much as it does looking forward. More specifically, the city has impressively embraced its past and has taken great care to preserve as much of it as possible in the various museums and historical sites that tell the story of the area's dramatic development. With that solid historical foundation, Buffalo looks to the future with a fervor and enthusiasm that is fueled by both the lessons learned from our colorful past and the hope that inhabits the future.
The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of what life was like for the area’s settlers. The museum is situated on a 35-acre park that is dedicated to telling the story of frontier life in the Niagara area. See such interesting sites as vintage houses, restored homes, and actual buildings in which the area's pioneers lived. Don't forget to stop into the museum to see some authentic arts and crafts that date back to this formative period in Buffalo's history.
Address: 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 - MAP
Phone: (716) 689-1440
Nearly everyone is charmed and captivated when they see an old fashioned carousel. Buffalo's Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
offers visitors a chance to dig a little deeper into the history and construction of this time-honored attraction. The venue has the distinction of being the only one of its kind in America, and the whole family will love learning about how carrousels are made from start to finish. Various artifacts include a merry-go-round that dates back to 1916, vintage park rides, organs, and woodcarvings. And, instead of enjoying all of these tremendous works of art from a distance, you're highly encouraged to hop on and take a ride, which will add an even greater level of fun to your visit!
Address: 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 - MAP
Phone: (716) 693-1885
The overriding mission of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
is to tell the stories about the area that many people may not yet know, but will surely never forget once they visit this highly entertaining venue. Both the pacemaker and Cheerios have their origins tied to Buffalo, and the full stories, among many others, are all waiting to be discovered thanks to the hard work of the county historical society. The society itself is housed in the last remaining structure from the city's 1901 Pan American Exposition, so history is what the Society does best in more ways than one.
Address: 25 Nottingham Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216 - MAP
Phone: (716) 873-9644
One of the great things about playing the kazoo is that your enthusiasm for creating music is more important than the actual amount of talent you possess. Maybe that's why everyone who visits the Original American Kazoo Company Museum
can't help but smile widely as they tour the facility to see how the instrument is actually made. This is the only original metal kazoo factory in the world, and not only can you watch the kazoos being constructed but you actually have an opportunity to make your own. Plus, don't miss the incredibly fun selection of kazoos in all sizes and colors as well as other fun items available in the gift shop.
Address: 8703 South Main Street, Eden, NY 14057 - MAP
Phone: (716) 992-3960
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
captures the essence and impressively tells the story of the Niagara Gorge. The fact that the area's history dates back 453 million years is staggering, but the museum does a highly impressive job of communicating this sweeping span of history in a fun and entertaining way. There are several interesting exhibits as well as larger-than-life presentations that can be viewed in an impressive multi-screen theater.
Address: Niagara Reservation State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 - MAP
Phone: (716) 278-1780
The Buffalo Museum of Science
has an incredible number of stories to tell. But instead of presenting these accounts in a dry and uninteresting way, the exhibits and special presentations that can be found here bring it all to life in a way that makes learning about the area as fun as it is informative. The museum prides itself in its exhibits that span the various scientific fields, and the depth and breadth of their mission is accomplished quite well. Among the many highlights here are mummies and the biggest Kodiak bears in the world.
Address: 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211 - MAP
Phone: (716) 896-5200