Apostolic Clock  is in our Museum Shop and is always free to view.



The Buffalo News and M&T Bank present Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports.  

Icons explores our rich sports history and investigates the unique connection between fans, our beloved teams, and sports idols. 

Icons is located in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Gallery on second level, adjacent to Inside Tim Russert’s Office.

This engaging, multimedia exhibit features stories and artifacts spanning more than a century. Guests are invited to explore the origins of professional sports in Buffalo, relive the most unforgettable moments, and remember the teams and people that inspired us all. 

We feel you will love Icons, a one-of-a-kind history exhibit. 


Location: Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Gallery

A book compliment to the exhibit, Makers, Moments & Memorabilia: A Chronicle of Buffalo Professional Sports,  is available for preorder here.  The book, the product of the collaboration between The Buffalo History Museum and Western New York Heritage and authored by Greg Tranter, features the stories of Buffalo Professional sports from its earliest beginnings in 1857 to today.

The Alumni of Canisius High School Presents Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press" 

After more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert moved to his hometown of Buffalo, New York. We've also added a "Buffalo connection" piece to the exhibit.   

The office re-creation includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos.  

Location: Second Level 

Additional Support:
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Richard and Karen Penfold
Hodgson Russ 
Congressman Brian Higgins
Councilman Christopher Scanlon
Councilman Joseph Golombek 

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NBC Nightly News and Today!  


History Makers

History Makers features profiles, artifacts, and imagery of 20 of our region’s most historically significant and well-known figures. You will be able to experience a wide range of eras and topics in local history spanning from Joseph Ellicott and his land survey to Buffalo Bob Smith and his beloved television character Howdy Doody


Location: Erie County Room  



This exhibit features 12 paintings by renowned Buffalo artist A.J. Fries inspired by items from the Museum’s Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills Memorabilia. 


Location: Community Gallery


The John R. Oishei Native American GalleryThe John R. Oishei Native American Gallery

This permanent installation traces the region’s history through its first inhabitants, while focusing on the formation and evolution of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Highlights of the exhibit include a walk-in longhouse, a dazzling gustoweh (headdress) display, and Seneca Orator Red Jacket's cherished peace medal. 

The John R. Oishei Foundation funded the revitalization of the gallery.

Location: Second Level Gallery  

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Exploring the region's rich ethnic and cultural heritage through the traditions and stories of immigrant Germans, Poles, Italians, African Americans, Irish, Asian, Balkan and many other groups as they formed a community here.

Location: Second Level Gallery


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Experience some of Buffalo's 19th century shops and businesses, including Bliss Bros Studio (interactive photo fun), Adam, Meldrum & Company, and Millard Fillmore's carriage. Generous funding from The Junior League of Buffalo supported the Street of Shops.

Location: Lower Level

Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York

The Buffalo History Museum honors 100 years since the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment with Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York.

Emblem of Equality features stories from local artist Evelyn Rumsey Cary’s suffrage poster effects on suffrage, The Buffalo Six – the Western New York women who were imprisoned for picketing the White House, and more. Perspectives of both suffragettes and anti-suffragettes provide insight. The exhibit was curated in collaboration with local historian Susan Eck.

Location: State Court

The John R. Oishei Pioneer Gallery
Pioneer life in Buffalo Creek Village is interpreted with a full-wall mural depicting rural life, as well as the beloved and iconic blacksmith’s shop and weaver’s cottage. New elements include hands-on activities in the recreated Post Office and Crow Tavern. Enter into this world 
and become transfixed

Location: Lower Level


The Train Gallery 

The impressive train display includes 1900s replica model trains running on more than 200 feet of track, as well as a scale Erie Canal lock, and 100 miniature buildings portraying 19th century Buffalo and Western New York.

The Buffalo History Museum’s popular family event, “Train Day" takes place annually Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday. A tradition for over 20 years.

Trains are running more frequently for the holiday season and January. Please call Guest Services for more information.

Location:  Lower Level  

Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition

Spirit of the City, the History Museum's 3000 square foot feature exhibit showcasing the Pan-art1.jpgAmerican Exposition, and our collection storage areas populate the Resource Center. In the 1990s, The Buffalo History Museum acquired and renovated the streetcar repair barn (circa 1895). 
The materials housed in the Pan-Am Building during the Centennial, transforms this 100+ year old trolley barn into a Pan-Am Exposition hall. The combined exhibit features “the Little Building,” a rediscovered structure from the Pan-Am grounds, plus artifacts and hands-on displays that explore the exposition’s funny and serious sides.

Location: Resource Center at 459 Forest Avenue
Free to visit on M&T Third Friday of the month, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.