In 1901, the national historic landmark that is known today as the Buffalo History Museum (formally know as the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum) was constructed—the only permanent building of the Pan-American Exposition.
Its architect George Cary incorporated the neoclassical revival style seen throughout the structure. The south portico, or covered porch supported by columns, is a ¾ scale version of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
After the exposition ended, the Buffalo Historical Society, originally formed in 1862 by President Millard Fillmore and some friends, took over the site.
Today, the museum serves as our keepers of WNY historical artifacts, photographs and books. You can visit them online at www.bechs.org. Self guided and docent-led tour info is available, along with a host of activities taking place at the site in the upcoming months.