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25 Nottingham Ct, Buffalo, NY | Directions 1421642.939231 -78.861464
Mon. CLOSED;Tue., Thu. - Sat. 10am - 5pm;Wed. 10am - 8pm;Sun. 12am - 5pm
Neighborhoods: Park Meadow
What's Buffalo known for besides wings? Come find out at this museum featuring everything from pacemakers to tomahawks.
– The Scene
Poised on the north bank of Hoyt Lake, this is the only remaining structure from the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. Buffalo's cultural heritage is centered on the Expo, which ended in tragedy when President McKinley was assassinated. The historical society doesn't shy away from the event, even featuring the revolver used to kill McKinley.
Housing hundreds of thousands of artifacts, books, photographs and manuscripts, this historic landmark is a treat for history buffs and tourists. Technological advances are highlighted with pacemakers, helicopters and automobiles. Items great and small are displayed, from the silver button of a Union soldier's uniform to a Wright brother's helicopter. On any given day you might find traveling exhibits showcasing inventors or a lecture series discussing different historical aspects of the 1901 Expo.
Museum Worth the Visit – This museum is definitely worth the visit. Among other things, the permanent collection includes Millard Fillmore's Carriage and the gun used to assassinate President McKinley. Some of the permanent exhibits are getting old and should be reworked. The building (one of only two buildings from the Pan-American exhibition) is falling into desrepair because of its lack of funding, and portions of the basement that could be used to house new exhibits are closed to visitors. The other remaining building from the Pan-Am is/was (I'm not quite sure) on display in the resource center on Forest Avenue. Kids will especially enjoy the Rail Barons' model railroad that operates during the winter. Also, its resource center on nearby Forest Ave. was recently opened to the public for the first time. All in all a wonderful experience, and a great place to look deeper into the culture and legacy of the Niagara Frontier.
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