We miss it! When you explored Amherst Museum, you traveled back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace, when families shared work and played together, when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You experienced that heritage as it came to life on the beautiful 35-acre grounds. You toured historic buildings from the Buffalo Niagara region and interacted with costumed interpreters who graciously welcomed you to the quaint Village and showed you what life was like in the 19th century.
The Amherst Museum was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.
In order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Amherst Museum became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region.
Cultural and Historical Experience
Amherst Museum was an educational institution, chartered by the State of New York whose mission was to instill, educate and cultivate an informed appreciation of the American past and its impact on current lifestyles, culture, and historical development of the Buffalo Niagara Region. They were committed to making regional history a vital part of the Western New York community and to educating its citizenry in learning to shape a better future for all.
Every child should be inspired to see greater possibilities for themselves and for their contributions to the world. They aspired to provide children with engaging experiences that place our local contributions to the fields of art, culture, preservation, and history within the broader context of American history. It was a unique and inspiring experience.