History Museums

Buffalo’s position as the “Gateway to the West” put it front and center at many of the most pivotal moments and movements in the American experience of the 19th and 20th centuries. And there are several museums that tell the story of the history that happened here. Passionate about presidential history? The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is just for you. Interested in cars and the auto industry? The Buffalo Transportation-Pierce Arrow Museum has one of the largest collections of cars and related memorabilia in the entire country. Is World War II your area of interest? Tour the decks of a guided missile cruiser at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. Or perhaps your a fan of life on the American frontier. If that’s the case, explore the  living history demonstrations at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village and Museum. If more contemporary history is your thing, make time to experience the NBC workspace of American television icon and Buffalo native son Tim Russert at the Buffalo History Museum. More of maritime history buff? Then see what life was like along Buffalo’s rough and tumble waterfront for much of its history at the Buffalo Harbor Museum. If industry and the lives of working men and women is a passion, get a glimpse of American industrial might at the Steel Plant Museum. Or if you’re just looking for a fun and entertaining experience with a historic twist, take a ride an antique wooden carousel at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.

African American Veterans Monument

PO Box 231
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 800-1137

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Alden Historical Society

13213 Broadway
Alden, NY 14004

(716) 937-3700

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Aurora History Museum

575 Oakwood Avenue
East Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 652-7944

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Boston Historical Society & Museum

9410 Boston State Road
Glenwood, NY 14069

(716) 941-5139

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Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 847-1773

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Buffalo Black Achievers Museum

1490 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208

(716) 884-1490

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Buffalo Fire Historical Society Museum

1850 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206

(716) 892-8400

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Buffalo Harbor Museum

66 Erie Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 849-0914

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Buffalo Harley-Davidson Museum

140 Mid County Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

(716) 972-1556

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Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 873-9644

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Buffalo Irish Center

245 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220

(716) 825-9535

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Buffalo Maritime Center

90 Arthur Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

(716) 881-0111

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