- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. | A museum that tells the story of western New York’s vital role in aviation history is being booted from its home in a Buffalo arena.

The NHL’s Buffalo Sabres announced Tuesday that they won’t renew the HSBC Arena lease for the Ira G. Ross Niagara Aerospace Museum. The museum has occupied about 9,000 square feet of space inside the downtown area for the past three years.

Team officials say they want to use the space for other purposes.

The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the Buffalo-Niagara region’s role in the development of aviation in the 20th century.

The museum must remove its items by the end of June. Museum officials say they’ll move the exhibits to the former Bell Aircraft Corp. factory in nearby Wheatfield while they search for a new home.

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