The Buffalo History Museum will end its nearly eight-year run of “Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ” The last day for the public to view the Russert exhibit will be April 9.
The display recreates the life and office of Tim Russert, a Buffalo native best known for his 17-year stint as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” before his death in 2008. A year later, Washington, D.C.’s, Newseum first opened this exhibit, which features artifacts from Russert’s NBC workspace, including numerous connections to his hometown such as keepsakes, children’s drawings, and Buffalo Bills memorabilia.
In 2014, the exhibit was loaned to The Buffalo History Museum, where the display was enhanced with additional stories of Russert’s early Buffalo life and developments throughout his career.
Portions of the exhibit will move to Russert’s alma mater, John Carroll University in Cleveland, which is preparing for the 50th reunion of his graduating class.
“It has been our privilege to tell the story of one of Buffalo’s favorite sons, Tim Russert, a towering figure in journalism who never forgot his hometown roots,” said Museum Executive Director Melissa N. Brown. “So many of our visitors who toured the exhibit identified with Russert’s story because it symbolized the broader narrative of Buffalo – that hard work, dedication, and resilience ultimately pay off.”
The museum is open with “pay what you wish” admission on Wednesdays (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Thursdays through Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).