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Arts & Museums
If you love Lucy, this museum is for you. This small museum chronicles the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Lucy grew up in nearby Celoron, just a few miles west of Jamestown. Some of the items displayed include the Arnaz family portrait, which once hung in their Beverly Hills home, along with costumes, photos, and other memorabilia. Audio and video clips from I Love Lucy and Life With Lucy are shown continuously. The gift shop has a large selection of Lucy items; a larger gift shop is located down the street in the Lucy-Desi Center. The nearby Desilu Playhouse has exact replicas of studio sets from I Love Lucy, including the Ricardo’s New York City apartment. - Christine A. Smyczynski
A tribute to the vision of Father Nelson H. Baker, this church was the second in the U.S. to receive a basilica designation in 1926. Located in Lackawanna, the basilica's copper-topped dome and twin bell towers can be seen for miles. The church was built reminiscent of the 15th-16th century Renaissance-style, featuring a French Baroque interior. There is a gift shop where you can buy books, crucifixes, mugs and Father Baker's most popular statue of Our Lady of Victory.
This "Jewel on the Lake" was the summer home for the folks who lived in the Darwin D. Martin House in the early part of the 20th century and is one of a half-dozen designed in the Buffalo area by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Its location is spectacular, south of Buffalo on a 70-foot cliff overhanging Lake Erie. The house is architecturally significant because it marks a transition period between Wright's earlier Prairie Style and his concrete designs. Tours generally last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Keep in mind that Graycliff tours are not appropriate for children under 10 years and that reservations are required.
Eden, NY is where people can find the 'Kazoo Capital of the World' because it is home to the only metal kazoo factory in existence. Established in 1916, the working factory still has its original equipment that churn out kazoos and for nearly a century, these membranophones have been made this way. Tours are self-guided, but groups of six or more can request a guided tour. Inside the museum, visitors can see and buy kazoos of all shapes and sizes. Also located in front is the boutique shop which features jewelry, books, toys, cards and of course, more kazoos.
This waterfront museum, located across from First Niagara Center, salutes all branches of the United States Armed Forces, with special emphasis on veterans from Western New York. Visitors can tour a World War II submarine, a destroyer and a guided missile cruiser. There are military artifacts such as tanks, aircraft and memorabilia, including an interesting collection from the Polish Armed Forces.
At one point in time, Buffalo was a leading industrial center and home to several automobile manufacturers. This 20,000 square-foot museum has a special focus on Buffalo's own, though often maligned Pierce Arrow. Most of the vehicles are from the personal collection of museum founder James Sandoro; other vehicles in the museum are on loan from various collectors from all over the country. The Buffalo-made Thomas Flyer is also on display, along with various automotive memorabilia including photos, paintings, household items, factory items, signs and more about this industrious city. Hours are seasonal. Call or check website for details.
This 1815 federal-style building was once the office of the Holland Land Company, which transacted land purchases when western New York was being settled. Today this National Historic Landmark building, which has 20-inch thick fireproof walls, houses exhibits which focus on Genesee County history. Permanent exhibits include a military display with artifacts from all major conflicts, including the Civil War. A Victorian parlor displays household items from the late 1800s. There is also an exhibit containing artifacts and history about the Seneca Indians; the Tonawanda Reservation is a short distance away from the museum. There is also a display on the land office itself, with many items belonging to Joseph Ellicott, who was the resident land office agent. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This Buffalo landmark, designed by well-known architects Jeremiah O'Rourke, William M. Aiken, and James Knox Taylor and modeled after the Flemish Gothic tradition, opened in 1901 as Buffalo's Main Post Office. The four story main court, with skylights, flows into spectacular arched galleries which make up the bulk of the building's space. It became the city campus of Erie Community College in 1975 after extensive renovation. Nearby attractions include Dunn Tire Park and Buffalo Place.
This society in downtown Buffalo close to Dunn Tire Park and Erie Basin Marina is dedicated to the preservation of the area's rapidly fading maritime past. Its holdings include hundreds of thousands of documents, photos, oral histories and artifacts. The museum features a library, shop, offices, research labs, photo dark room and display area. The society has loaned its materials to local institutions including the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Their showcases change frequently as they are always acquiring new materials.
This French-revival style building, sitting on land once owned by Joseph Ellicott, designer of Buffalo, was the largest office building in the world upon its opening in 1896. Featured is a central atrium with a glass roof, marble stairways, and a beautiful mosaic floor. The elevators on both the Main and Washington Street sides are framed in polished brass. Designed by Charles Atwood of Chicago, the final cost of construction was USD3.5 million. Nearby attractions include Buffalo Place and the Theater District.
Originally constructed in 1849, St Paul's is not only one of Buffalo's most beautiful churches, it's one of the oldest buildings in the whole city. After a fire in 1888, the Cathedral was rebuilt, and is still providing weekly services to its congregation. The peaceful Cathedral Park setting is also a favorite spot for downtown workers seeking a shady spot to eat their lunches.
The Nash House Museum is located in the old home of Reverend J. Edward Nash, Sr. who was an important leader in Buffalo's African American population in the 20th Century. He greatly helped his community and was respected nationwide, including hosting a meeting with Booker T. Washington. The Nash House Museum features important letters and artifacts from Nash's life. Tours are by appointment.