New Exhibit – Extended:  Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic.


New Traveling Exhibit On Display
(Through 3/31/2016)
Niagara Falls Public Library-Main Concourse
1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls NY 14305

Dr. P.H. Skinner: disability Educator, Advocate and Abolitionist.

This interpretive exhibit immerses visitors in the experiences of Dr. P. H. Skinner’s struggle for abolition in Niagara Falls, NY. Dr. Skinner established a school or African-Americans with disabilities in the shadow of suspension bridge in 1860. The exhibit, produced through a generous grant from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images.


Film Screening of Capturing Grace
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Film to be shown at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Reception at 5 p.m. for all attendees
Museum of disABILITY History
3826 Main Street, Buffalo

Capturing Grace is a film about dancers with Parkinson’s disease joining forces with a famed modern dance company to stage a unique performance. This is a story about two realms: One occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world, while the other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when these worlds intersect.

The event is co-hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and Danceability. Admission is free; donations accepted for the Museum of disABILITY History, Danceability and the National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter. To learn more, call 716-629-3626.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.


You-Tube Post

We recently received this neat You-Tube post from a UB Professor who assigned a visit to the museum as part of her course work.  One of her students responded to the visit by creating this short video.  I hope you enjoy it.



Museum of disABILITY History Featured in “Homework Hotline Move to Include”

The Museum of disABILITY History docents and curator were interviewed for three “Homework Hotline Move to Include” segments. Homework Hotline is a live, statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air. The hotline has teamed up with the Golisano Foundation to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Click here to watch the videos.

Aired: November 19,2014 (Charles  Degraffenried)

Aired: January 21,2015 (Maria Bell)

Aired: January 14,2015 (Israel Cruz)


The Museum of disABILITY History will now be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday! Please stop in for a tour of our unique collection!


The highly anticipated “Abandoned Asylums of New England: A Photographic Journey by John Gray” is now available for purchase at the museum store! The book offers the work of photographer John Gray, who has captured the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment. This photographic journey into the world of urban exploration documents the state of some of New England’s storied temples of control, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with disabling conditions.

The Museum of disABILITY History provides a historical context for these asylums that heightens the degree of entropy into which these feats of architectural grandeur have fallen. From the gigantic Kirkbride campuses to the airy tuberculosis hospitals, Gray’s photography reveals through its compositions the poignant echoes of the lives lived, and sometimes lost, at these disappearing asylums. Click on the Museum Store tab and get your copy today!



Buffalo State Hospital: A History of the Institution in Light and Shadow

Learn more about the rare insights into this mental health institution as told by patients, employees and neighbors. The book and its thought provoking images show an institution in transition. Historic pictures show the building in its splendor as envisioned by prominent American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson and contrasted with modern “ruins” photography by Ian Ference, who provides a glimpse o f how time, neglect and Mother Nature have transformed the asylum into an enormous and memorable artifact.

Hardcover, all color, 164 pages $35.99 Museum Store