Hagen History Center

The Hagen History Center is the flagship property for the Erie County Historical Society. The site includes the Watson-Curtze Mansion and Museum, the Carriage House Visitor Center and the King-Martens Archive Building.

*The mansion is equipped with an elevator!

Summer/Fall Hours

Museum Hours :: Tuesday – Saturday | 11:00 to 5:00

Archives Hours :: Tuesday – Friday | 11:00 to 5:00

 Admission Pricing for Visiting our Museum!

Adults :: $10

Seniors :: $7.50

Students & Veterans :: $5

Student Group Tours :: $3/person*

Children 6 & Under :: FREE

ECHS Members :: FREE

*Not including extra amenities

The Watson-Curtze Mansion

The Watson-Curtze Mansion and Carriage House were designed by the Buffalo architectural firm of Green & Wicks and built in 1891. Designed in the iconic Dichardsonian Romanesque style, the mansion features intricate wood carvings, multiple stained glass windows, oak flooring, 12 fireplaces, and a ballroom. The Mansion is listed on the National Historic Register.
Erie roofing paper magnet, Harrison Watson, built the home in 1891. Harrison and his wife Carrie Tracey, along with their daughter Winifred lived in the home until 1923. Frederic Felix Curtze purchased the home and lived at the property until 1941 when it officially became a museum.

The Watson-Curtze Mansion houses the Regional History Museum, which is located on the second & third floors while the first floor interprets Victorian furniture & decor.

The Carriage House houses the Historic Research Library & Archives; as well as the Made in America Gift Shop.

The King-Marten’s Archive Building houses the Society’s 10,000 square feet archive.
Everything in the Archive is Publicly accessible through the Historic Research Library!
Examples of the holdings include:

  • 800 Separate Collections containing over 2 miles of archival boxes
  • 5,500 Rare Books
  • 3,750+ Historic Maps
  • 4,850+ Architectural Plans and Drawings
  • 312,750+ Photographic Images

The Regional History Museum is made up of  many different thematic galleries:

  • The Treasures of Erie County Gallery
  • Ethnic Erie Gallery
  • Hall of Architecture Gallery
  • Plastics Gallery
  • Admiral Weschler Military Gallery
  • Manufacturing Gallery
  • Recreational Gallery
  • Civil War Gallery
  • Native American Gallery
  • Marx Toys Gallery