Collections at the Museum

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.

Please click here for all inquiries related to research, rights, or reproductions.



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

Please click here to learn more about making a donation to the BNHV collection.