Buffalo City Hall
Buffalo City Hall
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The towering City Hall is an art deco masterpiece, richly decorated with figures and symbols portraying the history and spirit of the city. The 28th-floor observation deck offers panoramic views of Lake Erie and western New York.
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  • Dgood105
    Avondale, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
    Primary Reason for the trip was to visit the Martin House and gardens as well as the Martins summer home about 30 minutes away on the shore of Lake Erie, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether your a fan of his architecture, to see and hear about his his design brilliance is worth the visit. Of course if you are in Buffalo a trip to Niagara Falls is a must. We had wonderful views from Goat Island. Although not originally part of our plan the Buffalo AKG Art Museum is a must as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • WYNomad
    Spearfish, South Dakota103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful interior and exterior architecture and a rooftop viewing area
    If you appreciate Buffalo's historic architecture, take 15 minutes to view the lobby and take the elevator to the 25th floor/walk the final 3 floors to the rooftop viewing area. It was under construction while we were there, but there were informative yesterday/today photos for each viewing window. Terrific view of the harbor and Lake Erie.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Bea
    973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    32-story Art Deco building
    What a spectacular, 32-story Art Deco building. It was completed in 1931. When you enter Buffalo you see it immediately on the horizon. Buffalo City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Sheetal T
    Canada26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View, a quick stop when in Buffalo
    Parking: None nearby But a quick walk from any paid parking lots Security bag check as it's a government building of course. There is an elevator but need to climb a few stairs to reach the observatory. It's pretty cool. Grab a sandwich to enjoy the view.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Splanky
    Claymont, Delaware355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see tour in Buffalo!
    We took the daily noon tour of Buffalo City Hall and thoroughly enjoyed it! Having lived in the area almost my whole life, I had never been inside. Mary led the tour of about 15 people. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and could answer every question. Filled with information on the art and architecture, she also knew the history of the city and could name the buildings in the vicinity. I learned so much! I highly recommend this tour!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 30, 2024
  • Lee A
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Buffalo City Hall is an imposing, grand building.
    The Buffalo City Hall is an imposing, grand building. In front of it is the William McKinley Memorial. There are murals in the first floor lobby area and an observation deck on the 28th floor. You'll need to go through basic security to enter the building. The first floor murals are really impressive. To get to the observation desk, you take the elevator to the 25th floor and then have to walk up stairs to the 28th. But once you're there, what a view!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2024
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SarabethBlairSC
Blair SC140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This place is a deco gem! If you like architecture from the deco-era, this place is phenomenal. It is worth a side trip and free! The observation tower is temporarily closed, but you can still see the amazing craftsmanship throughout.
Written June 7, 2023
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Splanky
Claymont, DE355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took the daily noon tour of Buffalo City Hall and thoroughly enjoyed it! Having lived in the area almost my whole life, I had never been inside. Mary led the tour of about 15 people. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and could answer every question. Filled with information on the art and architecture, she also knew the history of the city and could name the buildings in the vicinity. I learned so much! I highly recommend this tour!
Written April 30, 2024
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Lee A
Philadelphia, PA513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Buffalo City Hall is an imposing, grand building. In front of it is the William McKinley Memorial. There are murals in the first floor lobby area and an observation deck on the 28th floor. You'll need to go through basic security to enter the building. The first floor murals are really impressive. To get to the observation desk, you take the elevator to the 25th floor and then have to walk up stairs to the 28th. But once you're there, what a view!
Written July 3, 2024
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Skrybe
Staten Island, NY21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
While there to attend a preservation board meeting in late February, I was astounded by the beauty of the lobby and the halls that I had access to. A movie, "Nightmare Alley", was being filmed there at the time and some of the floors were being transformed to look like a spooky hotel! The history of Buffalo is etched in the decor, with representations from the indigenous nations of the state and other historic events. I want to come back for a tour!
Written March 13, 2020
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Bea
973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a spectacular, 32-story Art Deco building. It was completed in 1931. When you enter Buffalo you see it immediately on the horizon. Buffalo City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Written December 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dgood105
Avondale, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Primary Reason for the trip was to visit the Martin House and gardens as well as the Martins summer home about 30 minutes away on the shore of Lake Erie, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether your a fan of his architecture, to see and hear about his his design brilliance is worth the visit. Of course if you are in Buffalo a trip to Niagara Falls is a must. We had wonderful views from Goat Island. Although not originally part of our plan the Buffalo AKG Art Museum is a must as well.
Written September 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WYNomad
Spearfish, SD103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
If you appreciate Buffalo's historic architecture, take 15 minutes to view the lobby and take the elevator to the 25th floor/walk the final 3 floors to the rooftop viewing area. It was under construction while we were there, but there were informative yesterday/today photos for each viewing window. Terrific view of the harbor and Lake Erie.
Written October 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

myjetski23
Macedon, NY53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We had come to Buffalo for an extended weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I am a planner and like to research different things to do. I found that the City Hall has and observation deck so I figured it would be a beautiful Skyview look over Buffalo. We arrived this morning to find out the observation deck was not only closed, but under construction. What a major disappointment after all the research I did to make this special. Not one word of this mentioned on any website I searched and researched. So so sad and upsetting.
Written June 7, 2021
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Doug S
Escondido, CA185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Buffalo City Hall has a free observation deck on the 26?th floor.

It has small windows in each direction. You can see Canada; Lake Erie; downtown; and a couple of historic neighborhoods.

It's dimly lit and sparse, but don't let that deter you - the views are fantastic!

Definitely worth spending a half hour if you're staying downtown or passing through.

They also have a basic but decent cafeteria in the basement. Downtown Buffalo doesn't have many fast food / quick lunch options.
Written November 15, 2022
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Sheetal T
Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Parking: None nearby
But a quick walk from any paid parking lots
Security bag check as it's a government building of course.
There is an elevator but need to climb a few stairs to reach the observatory. It's pretty cool. Grab a sandwich to enjoy the view.
Written April 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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