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The Buffalo History Museum

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Address: 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216-3160 (Formerly Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society)
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+1 716-873-9644

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The last remaining building from the Pan American expo. It's important as a physical building as well as the collection. You can spend an hour there or longer if you linger at the... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Cambridge, New York
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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been many years since I visited the Buffalo Museum and I was pleasantly surprised New exhibits yet you have the feeling of being set back in time. The building is old but the treasures inside are worth seeing. Plan on spending a whole day there.

Thank dphoser
Belmont, United States
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rains were pouring and we needed something to do. Big plus, the museum was open to 5 p.m. This museum has three levels. It is chock full of Buffalo history. On the 3rd floor there is a tribute to Tim Russert. On the lower level there is a tribute to our veterans. The museum has an enormous variety of... More 

Thank Karen P
Cambridge, New York
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165 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The last remaining building from the Pan American expo. It's important as a physical building as well as the collection. You can spend an hour there or longer if you linger at the exhibits. We enjoyed visiting. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Linda147
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1,034 reviews
313 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great little museum however I do not believe it is of sufficient interest for children under the age of eight to be kept entertained. There were a few exhibits that were aimed for younger children but they either weren't working or the buttons were broken which left them frustrated. There is a model train exhibit on the... More 

Thank mwooduk
Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is the only building that still remains from the Pan- American exhibition of 1901. As city museums go (as opposed to state museums) this is fairly impressive, and it is located near Delaware Park ( a Frederick Law Olmstead creation - the same guy who designed central park in NYC), and has a small Japanese garden of its own.... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The history museum is located in a spectacular building that was erected during the Pan American Exposition of 1901. Having said that, many of the exhibits on the lower level were dusty and unkempt looking and left us very disappointed. By comparison, the displays on the upper floor were interesting and informative although the few interactive displays were all broken.... More 

Thank Iris W
Youngstown, Ohio
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

My parents and I visited here just a few weeks ago, and for a small museum focusing on local history, I was really impressed! First, we were warmly greeted by the gentleman at the front desk who asked my Dad if he was a veteran (Dad was wearing his Air Force hat). Dad said yes, Dad got in for free.... More 

Thank OrionOctober
New York City, New York
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604 reviews
308 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

In a building, the ONLY building left from the 1901 world Expo...such a gorgeous building! Staff were helpful and cheerful. Loved the apostolict clock. Wonderful quilt exhibit and trains; so much to see and in a very well laid out order, too.

Thank Scouternurse S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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47 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

It's very much a social history museum which focuses on local history in a bubble rather than in a broader national context. However, the exhibits are interesting and broad and worth a visit.

Thank Keith T
Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for a football game and went to the museum on a Saturday afternoon. We are both originally from Buffalo and have never been. While the exhibits were just ok, the staff at the front desk and research library were excellent. We made a few purchases in the museum shop and they made sure... More 

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