Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is home to a collection of over 40,000 items reflecting the agricultural, domestic, and industrial past of the Buffalo Niagara region. Our collection is comprised of artifacts representing the agricultural and industrial trades, heritage crafts, and material culture of 19th and 20th century Western New York. Eleven historic buildings from the Town of Amherst have been relocated to our 35 acre campus and are available for self-guided and guided tours, which illustrate rural life in 19th century Buffalo Niagara.

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Archives

The Archives contain approximately 18,000 items including ephemera, sheet music, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, maps, ledgers, scrapbooks and 11,000 photographs relevant to our region’s history.

Agricultural and Industrial Trade & Heritage Craft Tools

Our tool collection is representative of agricultural, industrial, and heritage crafting in rural Buffalo Niagara, such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodworking, leatherworking, weaving, brewing, printing, medicine practice, and more.

Historic Structures 

This collection is comprised of ten historic Town of Amherst structures relocated to our 35 acre campus, as well as reproduction structures and outbuildings constructed using historic techniques and building materials.

Material Culture 

This collection is comprised of textiles, fine and folk art, furnishings, and more representative of items used in home, personal, and community life in 19th and 20th century Buffalo Niagara.

Donate to the Museum Collection

  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is deeply grateful to all those who donate to our Collections. Donations to our Museum Collections support and assist us in fulfilling our mission to preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara.
  • Our collecting focus is the agricultural history and rural heritage of the Buffalo Niagara region.
  • BNHV follows a policy of selective acquisition. All donation requests are thoughtfully considered to ensure that donated objects complement our collecting focus and aid in fulfilling our mission as an educational institution. Due to limited funds, storage space, and concern for the required preservation needs of each object, we are only able to accept donations that are in line with the Museum’s mission and collecting focus.
  • BNHV is unable to accept donations that are left or abandoned on our property without prior approval. All prospective donations must be reviewed and approved by the Curator.
  • Due to conflict of interest laws, BNHV is not able to provide an appraised value for objects.

How to Donate

To inquire about donating to the BNHV Collection, please contact Curator, Rachel Ravago, at curator@bnhv.org. Please include all known details and provenance of the item, as well as a digital photo. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review and approval of prospective donations.