9/11 Remembered

This memorial piece was donated to the museum to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. Depicting a portion of glass and rock from each of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, this piece serves as a way to remember the events of that tragic day. Additionally, it reminds us of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives that day, the families of the deceased, and the men and women who helped in the recovery and aftermath of 9/11. Special thanks is given to those who sponsored this commemorative 9/11 memorial piece and who donated their money, time and efforts towards its display at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.


Community Art Gallery

Exhibitions in the Community Art Gallery are sponsored by the Town of Amherst and managed by the Curatorial Department of BNHV. The Community Art Gallery invites people and organizations of the Buffalo Niagara region to submit proposals for exhibits. Gallery exhibitions rotate regularly. Please contact curator@bnhv.org for more information on exhibiting in the Community Art Gallery.


From Forest to Front Lawn: The Story of Amherst, an American Suburb

This exhibit  explores the history of Amherst, NY. Interactive activities highlight the transformation of this town from a thickly forested area, to an agricultural town, to the active suburb it is today. As you browse the exhibit, you’ll see artifacts, letters, journals and images from the earliest days of Amherst, including material from the War of 1812 and Civil War.


Life on the Erie Canal

Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the Erie Canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east, stretching from Buffalo to Albany. The canal significantly reduced shipping costs and goods and people were transported more quickly via the canal. This exhibit celebrates the engineering marvel that some once called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Fun, hands-on activities, a replica canal packet boat, a miniature street of 19th century shops, and a working model of a canal lock show visitors how goods and people were transported along the route.


Pioneer Kitchen

The kitchen was the center of activity in pioneer homes. Women prepared meals, canned fruit, tended to their children and managed a household with only a few conveniences. This replica of a pioneer kitchen features an open hearth with cast iron crane for cooking, a baking oven, a rope bed and all the implements that made the kitchen both functional and the heart of every home for the early pioneers of WNY. The exhibit offers hands-on learning for children and adults to experience a “taste” of pioneer life.


Tuning In & Reaching Out: A Story of Radio & TV, 1910 – 1959

Let this exhibit of television, radio and communication equipment take you back in time! See how these devices changed the lives of everyone who encountered them and connected people to their community, their nation and the world at large. Share memories with your family about an early television set you watched at the corner store as a child or the crystal radio sets or transistor kits you assembled. Learn together about Western New York radio stars who made a big splash on the national scene, including the man behind the Lone Ranger. There’s a treasure trove of memories to explore, share and intrigue—no matter your age.


Vice & Virtue: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition

This new exhibit explores how the 18th Amendment sought to bring on an age of temperance and virtue but instead resulted in an increase in excess, indulgence, and vice as Americans began to test the limits of one of the most unpopular pieces of legislature in American history. Follow the progression of alcohol consumption in Western New York, the 19th century temperance movement, the passage of the 18th Amendment and its eventual repeal along with fun facts and statistics. Enjoy the music of the era in the replica speakeasy and share your Prohibition stories that have been passed down from generation to generation in your family!