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The New Exhibit Building opened in 2021 and includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco office and the 17-foot-long Butterfly Bridge model that Wright created. It had a memorable role in the movie “Die Hard.”

Additional architectural exhibits that pertain to Erie are on the first floor along with the Oliver Hazard Perry Welcome gallery, which provides a close look at genuine Perry artifacts and an engaging ship-spotting video screen.

On the second floor, the Story of Us opened in 2022 with 3,000 square feet of exhibits that trace the history of Erie County in a series of displays and interactives that include stories of people who created and built our community. It features hundreds of historic images and dozens of family stories that discuss how immigrants created neighborhoods, churches and ethnic clubs, and where and how these new Erie residents made a living.  

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Oliver Hazard Perry's telescope and sword
Frank Lloyd Wright's San Francisco Office
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Butterfly Wing Bridge Model

The Story of Us

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