66 Erie Street
Hours: VIP Access: 9:00 am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admittance: 4:45 pm
Photography and filming are not allowed
Wheelchair access: First floor only – from the rear through the parking lot on Pearl St.
Public restrooms: Yes
Visitor Experience: The Buffalo Harbor Museum occupies the former Howard H. Baker Building. The museum displays artifacts, photographs and exhibits concerning Buffalo’s maritime history housed in a 120 year old warehouse/loft building. Exposed central steel frame, wooden floor joists and wooden floors are excellent examples of late 19th century construction.
Building Description: The building was constructed in 1896-97. It was built as a warehouse/loft. The walls are 2 feet thick at the base and taper to about 18 inches at the 4th floor. Fabricated I beams support 6×14 inch exposed floor joists and 4 inch thick hardwood floors. Howard Baker Ships Chandlers occupied the buildings from 1939 to 1993. In 1997, the Buffalo Harbor Museum acquired the building.