Like the best detectives, Naked Buffalo Tours roots out the hidden facts shoved between cobblestones and floorboards to reveal the truth behind the city's underground activities. Author, owner, and guide Michael F. Rizzo first developed a love of historical research after purchasing an 1893 home on Buffalo’s west side. Now he investigates the city’s architectural and social backstory to inject forgotten tales into his tours, as well as in books. His six walking tours travel through different neighborhoods to illuminate sites and stories of past mob activity. Patrons wander near gangsters’ homes, historic Erie Canal brothels, and renowned sites, such as the Magaddino Memorial Chapel and city hall.
We’re Western New York’s premier historical organization, collecting, researching, interpreting, and sharing Niagara Frontier’s rich history. Our collections include over 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. We offer programs, exhibits, tours, events, and activities featuring many of these resources to
The Benjaman Gallery helps collectors and artists preserve their purchases and pièces de résistance in sophisticated style with conservation-quality custom framing. Hundreds of moulding styles fly in V formation across the walls of the gallery’s framing area, flocking to prized artworks waiting in the wings for their living-room-wall debuts. From watercolored landscapes to charcoal sketches of hockey fights, today’s deal accommodates pieces up to 18”x24” and includes frame, mat, Plexiglas or glass, and foam-core backing. Oil paintings up to 24”x30” can also find their finishing touch with trims from major brands such as Bendix, Nielsen, and Crescent.
Western New York Book Arts Center celebrates the artistry that goes into making a book. An actual, physical book. In this age of digital everything, it's important to educate people about what makes books such unique artifacts?namely their typeface, binding, and ability to summon the dead. The arts center offers an assortment of art-based workshops and classes, as well as a walk-in boutique, gallery, and a working museum. Through rotating exhibits and a gift shop stocked with screen-printed t-shirts and letterpress notebooks, the organization helps the increasingly tech-oriented public learn to love books again.
The Aerospace Museum was founded by a group of aviation enthusiasts to preserve Amherst's aviation artifacts. Set in the former terminal of the Niagara Falls Internantional Airport, the museum showcases a variety of planes including a Curtiss JN-4, a P-39 Aerocobra, and a Bell Model 47??the first U.S. commercially licensed helicopter. Patrons can examine these aircraft up close and peruse the documents and records relating to their history.