Our Heritage, Your Village


Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (BNHV), formerly the Amherst Museum, was originally established in 1972 by the Town of Amherst. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the Museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara Region. BNHV was chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents in 1976 as an educational institution. Also in 1976, the Museum was moved to its present location on Tonawanda Creek Road, near the Erie Canal. In 1986, we moved into our current building, acquired for the purpose of housing our growing museum exhibits and collections. In 2011, BNHV became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is located on a 35-acre campus and our Historic Village contains ten historic buildings built during the 19th century. These buildings were moved to our campus when they were threatened with demolition during the Town’s rapid growth and development. A dedicated, on-going program of preservation and conservation has resulted in these buildings being restored to their 19th century appearance, so that visitors may experience what life was like in the Buffalo Niagara Region during an earlier era. Our indoor museum features rotating exhibits, the Niederlander Research Library, and a collection of 40,000+ artifacts.


In 2020, BNHV dedicated its mission to highlighting the rich agricultural and rural heritage of the Western New York region through a synergy of educational and interpretive initiatives throughout our Historic Village, farmstead, exhibits, and collections. BNHV believes in energetic, hands-on, all-senses immersion. A primary interpretive sub-focus under our new mission is maker culture: the who, what, why, and how of the things that people make in agricultural and rural spaces.


BNHV carries out its educational mission through exhibits, costumed interpretation of authentic agricultural and rural life practices within the Historic Village and on our working farmstead, programs, group tours, classes, artisan workshops, community outreach activities, and community access to a variety of artifacts and historic resources retained in our Collections and Research Library.


Land Acknowledgement: 

We acknowledge that we are on the land of the Haudenosaunee People and the Wenrohronon People, who have stewarded this land for many generations.


DEAI Statement: 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village respects and appreciates all the unique characteristics and attributes of our staff, board, volunteers, and guests. Our mission is to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the agricultural history and rural heritage of the Buffalo Niagara region. We want this mission to be all encompassing of anyone who walks through our doors. Our goal is to reach people of various backgrounds and to share our knowledge. We work as a team to deliver diverse, accessible material to people of all ages, learning styles, and backgrounds. 

We are committed to providing diverse information with resources for continued education, accessible methods of communication, and to developing our organization as a safe space for continued discussion as a community forum. At BNHV, we grow better together.