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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly Amherst Museum) is a local history museum, with an emphasis on the social, cultural and technological history of the Buffalo Niagara region, with an emphasis on the Town of Amherst.BNHV has a 35-acre site that includes a primary exhibit building and, most importantly, a collection of 10 authentic 19th-century buildings from different parts of town that have been moved to the museum property. They include six homes (of different styles and size), a church, two one-room schoolhouses, a small barbershop and a reproduction blacksmith shop. They are furnished with period pieces to give the public a sense of how people lived in the 1800s and are used for interpretive tours from May through October.
In addition to the historic buildings, the exhibit buildings also offer visitors the chance to see a wide selection of 19th-century artifacts. In the main exhibit building, with more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, there are several exhibitions. They include: the Schmidt Gallery of Decorative Arts, which features some of the fine china and decorative pieces common to the more prosperous Amherst residents; the Communications Gallery, which documents the early history of radio and wireless communications and local contributions to this field; the Avenue of Shops, 19th-century dioramas of a general store, watchmaker/jeweler's shop, barber shop and apothecary; the Textile Gallery, which has changing exhibits from BNHV’s extensive costume and textile collection, including one of the finest collections of antique wedding gowns in North America and a large collection of antique quilts and replicas. Visit BNHV’s website, www.bnhv.org, for a complete listing of current exhibits.The Museum’s Niederlander Research Library and Archives is known as one of the area's best sources of genealogical information and research assistance. Interested persons can fill out a research form online or call the museum if they are interested in conducting research in the library and archives.
In addition to the exhibits on display, there are several folk art guilds affiliated with the Museum. Members of these groups preserve the traditions of quilting, lacemaking, blacksmiths, weaving, Victorian Dance, herb gardening and more to pass these vital parts of this region’s history to future generations.
If that is not enough, there are several special events every year at the Museum that do even more to bring this history to life.For a complete listing of Special Events, visit BNHV’s website, www.bnhv.org.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is open year-round from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday -Friday. For their summer season from May – October, the Museum is also open Saturdays from 10:30 - 4:30 and Sundays from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and municipal holidays. The schedule changes somewhat with special events.
General Admission during the off season is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children. During the summer season from May – October, admission increases to $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. Museum members are admitted free of charge. Special events have various admission fees which change annually.From all points, take New York State Thruway (I-90) to I-290 and take Exit 4, which goes to I-990. Follow the 990 north to the end, which is Millersport Highway. Make a left there and another left at New Road, which is the second intersection you see on Millersport (.8 miles from the 990). Follow New Road for about 1 mile, until you come to the first intersection, which is Tonawanda Creek Road. BNHV is located right on the corner, across the street from the former New York State Barge Canal.
· Joseph G. Weickart, Executive Director
· Jessica Johnson, Collections Curator
· Kayla Shypski, Assistant Curator
· Kathy Slade, Education Coordinator
· Rachel Scott, Admissions
· Tim Lewis, Facilities Manager
· Lee Leiser, FacilitiesJaime Brawdy, Events Coordinator