This local museum is all about preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the agricultural history and rural heritage of the Western New York region.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (BNHV) officially opened for the season on May 1. Explore the Historic Village, discover heritage crafts and skills from the Artisan Demonstrators, and learn all about the history of Buffalo Niagara.
Here is what you can expect when you visit:
1. Historic Village
The focal point of the museum is the Historic Village. Within the village you will find ten historic buildings where Artisan Demonstrators and Historic Interpreters bring the past to life with heritage crafts and skills. Discover fiber arts, blacksmithing, and more! This Historic Village also houses the Village Store, where these artisans sell their handmade items. Finally, the Heritage Farmstead is home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep and Barred Rock chickens. On BNHV’s Heritage Farmstead, visitors can learn about daily life on a 19th century farmstead, and how these animals were an essential part of everyday life.
BNHV is happy to announce the opening of new exhibits as part of the 2021 season! These new exhibits include Land of Plenty: Cultivating Community in Buffalo Niagara, which features an Agricultural Tool Wall displaying a selection of historical agricultural tools and equipment. Victory on the Menu: Food in the Fight shares the story of how World War II affected the way Western New Yorkers produced, preserved, and ate food on the home front. A Great Journey, the newest theater presentation, offers visitors a chance to learn about the lengthy process of moving BNHV’s collection of historic buildings onto the property. A Thimble’s Tale explores the importance of the small yet mighty thimble and features over 100 thimbles in a variety of sizes and materials. A fifth special exhibit featuring a survey of 20th century hat fashion will open to the public the week of May 19th.
3. Hands on Learning
At BNHV visitors discover history through hands on, immersive activities and demonstrations. The Community Artisan Village features fiber arts, blacksmithing, cooking, woodworking, and provides demonstrations every Saturday. The Artisan Workshop series builds off of this program, and visitors to come and learn from our trained staff in these historical crafts and skills. For younger visitors, three summer camps are offered: Little Hands on the Farm, Historic Skills, Crafts, and Trades, and the popular Pioneer Day Camp. These camps are designed for children of all ages, and offer a totally unique experience.
Plan Your Visit
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is open from May through October on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with the exception of holidays. General Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, senior citizens, and military members. Children 3 and Under are free.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228