The best museums in Buffalo in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Buffalo, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Buffalo, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Buffalo.

These are the best museums in Buffalo:

  1. Buffalo Zoo1

    Buffalo Zoo

    Buffalo
    Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo , located at 300 Parkside Ave in Buffalo, New York , is the seventh oldest zoo in the United States . Each year, the Buffalo Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors and is the second largest tourist attraction in Western New York ; second only to Niagara Falls .
  2. Karpeles Manuscript Library2

    Karpeles Manuscript Library

    Buffalo
    The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums are a private collection of more than a million manuscripts and documents in the United States, the largest such collection in the world. It was founded in 1983 by California real estate magnates David and Marsha Karpeles, with the goal of stimulating interest
  3. Darwin D. Martin House3

    Darwin D. Martin House

    Buffalo
    The Darwin D. Martin House Complex , also known as the Darwin Martin House National Historic Landmark , was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905. Located at 125 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo, New York , it is considered to be one of the most important projects from Wright's Pra
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  5. Albright-knox Art Museum4

    Albright-knox Art Museum

    Buffalo
    The Albright–Knox Art Gallery is an art museum at 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York , in Delaware Park . As of September 2021 the Albright-Knox's Elmwood Avenue campus is temporarily closed for construction. It is hosting exhibitions and events at Albright-Knox Northland, a project space at 612
  6. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center5

    Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

    Buffalo
    Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (aka Hallwalls ) is a non-profit art organization located in Buffalo, New York . Since 1974, Hallwalls has shown and shows the work of contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds who work in film, video, literature, music, performance, media and the visual arts. Th
  7. Burchfield Penney Art Center6

    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    Buffalo
    The Burchfield Penney Art Center , or just the Burchfield Penney , is an arts and educational institution part of Buffalo State College , located adjacent to the main campus in Buffalo , New York , United States. Dedicated to the art and vision of American painter Charles E. Burchfield , it was foun
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  9. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site7

    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

    Buffalo
    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site preserves the Ansley Wilcox House, at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York . Here, after the assassination of William McKinley , Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States on September 14, 1901. A New York hi
  10. Buffalo History Museum8

    Buffalo History Museum

    Buffalo
    The Buffalo History Museum (founded as the Buffalo Historical Society , and later named the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society ) is located at 1 Museum Court (formerly 25 Nottingham Court) in Buffalo, New York , just east of Elmwood Avenue and off of Nottingham Terrace, north of the Scajaqua
  11. Mark Twain Room - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library9

    Mark Twain Room - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

    Buffalo
    The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is located on Lafayette Square , Buffalo, New York . The current facility, designed by Kideney Architects and built in 1964, replaced the original Cyrus Eidlitz Buffalo Public Library Building dedicated in February 1887. The first Buffalo Public Library, in
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    Steel Plant Museum

    Buffalo
  13. Nash House Museum11

    Nash House Museum

    Buffalo
    Drop in to this museum and familiarize yourself with the history of African Americans in Buffalo. It is seated in a former Reverend's house.
  14. Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum12

    Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum

    Buffalo
    Get to know the Jewish history of the Erie County in this small museum. Various memorabilia and documents are on display here.
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    Buffalo Fire Historical Society Museum

    Buffalo
    The Buffalo Fire Historical Museum is located in Buffalo, New York at William and North Ogden Streets. Established and staffed by retired members of the Buffalo Fire Department , the museum seeks to preserve the history of the BFD since its inception in the mid-to-late 19th century. Exhibits inclu
  17. 14

    Buffalo Transportation Pierce-arrow Museum

    Buffalo
    Seated in a modern brick building, this museum is a heaven for automobile maniacs who can admire and learn about historic cars.
  18. 15

    Cepa Gallery

    Buffalo
    If you are interested in any kind of photography, visit this gallery exhibiting photos of many motives, mostly cultural and aesthetic.
  19. 16

    El Museo Francisco Oller Y Diego Rivera

    Buffalo
    Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists have their works displayed in this gallery. Come to see colorful paintings!
  20. 17

    Big Orbit Gallery - CEPA Gallery

    Buffalo
    A gallery displaying mainly contemporary art created by young people. If you are into this kind of artistic production, come here!
  21. 18

    UB Anderson Gallery

    Buffalo
    Led by the University of Buffalo, this gallery is a home to about 1,200 artworks and also educates people about art.
  22. 19

    Buffalo Religious Arts Center

    Buffalo
    Both religious and non-religious tourists will be amazed by this museum where stained-glass windows and various artworks are displayed.
  23. 20

    Iron Island Museum

    Buffalo
    The small museum situated in a former church explores the history of the area and is believed to be haunted by a ghost of a child.

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