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Buffalo Tourist Attraction — Museum of Disability History

Rob Banks

There’s a one-of-a-kind museum right in our own backyard!

In the past, people with disabilities were treated much different from how they are today. People with disabilities may have been treated in ways that were at times cruel and inhumane, and now, The Museum of DisABILITY History in Buffalo displays exhibits that exemplify the transformation to today.

For example, a straight jacket was donated by a former nurse at a school for people with disabilities that they used regularly. Can you imagine that?

But this a staple tourist attraction for the City of Good Neighbors, and here’s what’s cool about this museum: Guided tours are conducted by people with disabilities themselves.

“It’s where exhibits together with stories come alive revealing the sometimes shocking but true picture of what life was like for people with disabilities throughout history. Visitors can see the evolution of adaptive equipment; invalid cars manufactured for World War II veterans in Britain in the 1940s to 1970s; early Braille equipment; the establishment of institutions; posters displaying now politically incorrect terms for people with disabilities; and even sports and political exhibits plus some things we see everyday like the blue handicap parking symbol established in the late 1960s,” according to WKBW.

The Museum of DisABILITY History is located at 3826 Main St., Buffalo.

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