History and Museums

Stand where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office. Gaze at the terminus of the Erie Canal. Wander through a fort that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War.

Exterior shot of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

Western New York’s rich history is told at heritage sites throughout the region. These include:

Buffalo History Museum

Site of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

Old Fort Niagara

A 300-year-old National Historic Landmark.

Forest Lawn Cemetery

Incomparable beauty and the final resting place of some of Western New York’s most notable citizens, including U.S. President Millard Fillmore.

The Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site

The Greek revival mansion where Roosevelt was sworn in as president after William McKinley’s assassination.

The Naval and Military Park

The nation’s largest inland floating history museum.

Erie Canal Harbor / "Canalside"

A major shipping portal that was a principal force in transforming Buffalo from a frontier village into a thriving commercial and industrial metropolis.