Exhibits

Amherst Gallery

 The Amherst Gallery is the newest installation in the Susan Grelick Amherst Historical Wing. This Gallery honors the past, present, and future of Amherst, New York. Features historic artifacts and archival documents that share the impact of Amherst on regional history.

 

A Great Journey: How We Moved Here

A Great Journey: How We Moved Here is our newest theater installation, showcasing the journey our ten historic buildings took from their original sites to our Historic Village. Features artifacts that color the story of the families who lived and breathed within their walls, and more.

 

Crowning Glory: The Dolores Attea Sapienza Hat Gallery

Crowning Glory: The Dolores Attea Sapienza Hat Gallery honors the life of the late Dolores Attea Sapienza and her inspiring dedication to her community. Features pieces from her personal hat collection, spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, which illustrate the stunning trajectory of modern hat fashion.

 

Land of Plenty: Cultivating Community in Buffalo Niagara

Land of Plenty: Cultivating Community in Buffalo Niagara explores the agricultural and rural roots of our community. Features 19th century agricultural tools, photos of early life in the Buffalo Niagara region, and more.

 

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.

 

Victory on the Menu: Food in the Fight

Victory on the Menu: Food in the Fight shares the story of how World War II affected the way Americans, locally and throughout the nation, ate at home. Features military uniforms, war era ephemera, a war era kitchen display, and more.

 

Vice & Virtue: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition

This 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!

 

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.