Buffalo History Museum set for upgrades

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Buffalo History Museum set for upgrades

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM EDT

Renovations to the Buffalo History Museum are expected to start later this month following a city allocation of nearly $1 million.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown confirmed he approved a $932,925 grant to the museum that will help finance work that will include replacing exterior and interior lighting fixtures, adding new lighting controls and electrical panel boards.

Also included in the project, which should be completed this fall, is the installation of a new public address system, upgrades to the fire alarm, telephone and surveillance systems. The work is the most extensive done on the building, which dates back to the Pan-American Exposition, in several years.

During the past four years, Buffalo has allocated $206,548 to the museum for various infrastructure-based upgrades.

"Crucial investments, like the Buffalo History Museum, promote our city's economic vitality," Brown said.

The electrical upgrades, specifically, are considered key for the museum, said Melissa Brown, executive director.

"It advances our efforts to better serve our visitors," Brown said.

The museum averages nearly 45,000 annual visitors. It is undertaking a new marketing effort where it hopes to increase annual visitors by 35 percent in the coming years.

The updated systems will allow for new exhibitions to be put together.

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