About the Museum

Since 1862, The Buffalo History Museum (formerly known as the Buffalo and Eriefirsthome.jpg County Historical Society) has been Western New York’s premier historical organization, serving to collect, research, interpret, and share the Niagara Frontier’s rich history. Its collections include more than 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. The Buffalo History Museum annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages that utilize many of these resources to tell the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary people of Western New York. 

The Buffalo History Museum is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It receives operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA, a state agency), and from members and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


To maximize the educational potential for our community’s vast resources and abundant narratives through innovative programming, partnerships and collaborations; to share, preserve and add to our outstanding collections to tell the stories of Western New York, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.secondhome.jpg


To be Western New York’s leading institution for heritage tourism.
To be a nationally recognized resource for heritage.
To be the recognized authority on Western New York history. 
To be the most popular destination for discovering our past.
To be a leader in history education.
To inspire our community to safeguard and preserve our historic treasures.
To be sought out as a desirable place to work and volunteer.
To enlist the The Buffalo History Museums’ supporters as goodwill ambassadors for the museum and for Western New York. 


We recognize and promote the contribution that our history makes to contemporary life.
We celebrate the diverse contribution of all Western New Yorkers to the history of the area.

We respect the viewpoints, beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences that everyone brings to the process of giving meaning to the past.

We value openness, honesty, and integrity in our professional relationships and respect our colleagues’ unique perspectives, talents, and abilities.

We value excellence and strive to meet the highest professional standards in everything we do.