Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Buffalo.


An award winning renovated building, the UB Anderson Gallery is located in University Heights, less than one mile from UB's South Campus. Featuring a collection of modern and contemporary art, temporary exhibitions are presented year round in the spacious galleries and soaring glass sculpture atrium. Handicapped accessible.

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Among the country's seven Karpeles museums, the Buffalo branch boasts an extensive collection of manuscripts that remains unrivaled anywhere. The national archives contain more than a million items, including Einstein's "Theory of Relativity," the "Emancipation Proclamation," and the original draft of the "Bill of Rights." Each Karpeles museum offers fascinating changing themed exhibits, which include several manuscripts that may be of particular political, musical, scientific, or literary value.

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Founded in 1892 by Elbert Hubbard, Roycroft quickly emerged as a thriving, influential arts and craft community. Hubbard enlisted the talents of authors such as Stephen Crane and entertained influential visitors like Edison, Rockefeller, and Ford. The community flourished in publishing and in the production of furniture, leather crafts, and copperware, much of which is on display at this fascinating museum.

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This gallery houses a comprehensive gathering of art from Western New York, including the world's largest compilation of work by famed watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield. Equally impressive is the accompanying collection of archived Burchfield material, which is also the world's largest for this artist.

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This entertaining museum details the history of the kazoo, and is actually located inside the only original metal kazoo factory in the world. Watch as new kazoos are crafted, and then make your own. A visit to the gift shop, of course, is a must – along with a variety of kazoos in all sizes and colors, you'll find other fun items such as toys, souvenirs, Beanie Babies, and books.

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This well-stocked museum has a little of everything, including mummies and one of the biggest Kodiak bears in the world.

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This massive facility showcases an impressive collection of contemporary art, with more than 3000 works on display. The emphasis is given to cultural and folk art, providing broad exposure to many otherwise unknown masterpieces. Numerous multimedia displays and activities for children are also available. The museum is the site of periodic special events as well.

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Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

Both the pacemaker and Cheerios have roots in Buffalo, and the county historical society makes sure the world knows it. The society is housed in the only structure remaining from the city's 1901 Pan American Exposition. Thousands of artifacts and inventions that were key to the history of the area are kept here. The museum's Pan-American exhibit occupies a separate location: the Resource Center, 459 Forest Avenue.

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Linwood Historic District

Located near the Aquarium of Niagara across from the falls, this unique museum houses exhibits that reveal the geologic history of the Niagara Gorge, dating back 435 million years, and the 12,000-year history of the falls itself. Presentations can be viewed at a multi-screen theater.

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