BNHV is home to a collection that numbers over 20,000 items, reflecting the domestic, agricultural and industrial past of Western New York with a specific emphasis on the Town of Amherst. This collection includes paintings, prints, furniture, ceramics, woodworking, metalworking and textile working tools as well as the strongest 20th century textile collection in Western New York, numbering close to 9,000 artifacts. Ranging in date from mid-eighteenth century to the present, the textile collection also contains prized quilts, floor coverings, and draperies as well as garments, personal accessories and our nationally recognized wedding gown collection. Artifacts from our permanent collection are displayed in rotating temporary exhibits throughout the year.
New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items.
The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.
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Donate an item of historical significance
If you have an item that you are interested in donating to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, please use the form below to tell us about the item and how we can contact you. Be sure to include the approximate age of the object and its general condition. You can also call the museum to make an appointment with the Curator. Unfortunately, the museum cannot accept items that have been dropped off at the museum without an appointment. We also cannot accept artifacts that may have duplicates in our collection, or certain artifacts based on space limitations. Please be sure to include as much provenance on your artifact as you can with your form. This information will be extremely helpful as we consider your artifact for the acquisition process. Thank you!