Michigan Street Baptist Church

511 Michigan Ave.


Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Last admittance: 3:30pm
Photography and filming permitted; Tripods prohibited.
Handicap accessible: No
Public Restrooms: Yes
Free public parking: Yes

Offering: Guided tours & Exhibits

Visitors Experience: Beginning with the congregation’s active involvement in abolition and its role in the underground railroad, to the progressive leadership of Reverend J. Edward Nash, the Church has served an anchor for neighborhood life. In the 20th century, the church acted as a major community center for people coming to Buffalo in the Great migration from the South.

Community Archeology Days at the Michigan Street Baptist Church!

Help us dig in the dirt as we search for archaeological material from the 19th century African-American congregation! We will have demonstrations of archaeological surveys and information for students looking to get into this exciting field during Doors Open from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Check online to find more dig dates!

Building Description: Built by the original congregation between 1845 and 1849, the Church has undergone many face lifts over the years. In 1907 a baptismal pool was added. In the 1950s the front façade was changed when the stairs leading about to the church were removed. The Church is about to undergo serious restoration work to stabilize the structure.