A Great Journey: How We Moved Here

NEW in 2021!

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.


A Thimble’s Tale: The Marilyn Mendelson Collection

NEW in 2021!

A Thimble’s Tale: The Marilyn Mendelson Collection explores the importance of the small yet mighty thimble. Features over 100 thimbles in a variety of sizes and materials.


Crowning Glory: The Dolores Attea Sapienza Hat Gallery

NEW in 2021!

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

NEW in 2021!

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.


Victory on the Menu: Food in the Fight

NEW in 2021!

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.


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 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.


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.