In 1984, the Steel Plant Museum was established to help preserve and document the memories of the newly-extinct steel industry in Western New York. While the majority of the collection is from Bethlehem's Lackawanna plant, artifacts from Republic Steel, Hanna Furnace, and other local companies are also represented here. Union efforts to improve working conditions are documented in grievance files and correspondence kept in the Museum's Reference Library. Their hard-won benefits are listed in contract booklets that workers studied diligently. The Reference Library also contains steel-related catalogs, technical papers, books, and manuals.


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Heritage Discovery Center
100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210


Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


716-821-9361 (phone)
info@steelplantmuseumwny.org (email)

Upcoming Events


Wednesday August 5th, 2015 from 5:30PM until 8:30PM at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center
Doors open at 5:30 PM, presentation begins at 6:30 PM

Please join us on Wednesday August 5, 2015 for an inspirational speech by “The Bread Man” Chet Fery.
Mr. Fery will be discussing his bread time stories, and will be bringing a loaf of bread for each
audience member! He has given away over 10,000 loaves of bread. Pizza and refreshments
will be available for purchase. Also, there will be 50-50 split club drawing to benefit the museum.

Our First Wednesday series is FREE!!!!!! Entrance to the museum is FREE!!!
Free parking is also available behind the museum. Please join us at the
Museum and Heritage DiscoveRY Center for this latest in a series of informative

* Rosie the Riveter Tea Party *

Saturday August 15th, 2015 from 12:30PM until 3:30PM at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center
$2 admission fee

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the Steel Plant Museum will be hosting a
Rosie the Riveter Rally! We will be joined by The Buffalo Dolls, and some real life Rosies! Come out and
celebrate their hard work to secure our freedom!

Please wear your best Rosie outfit! We will be sending in photos of our Rosie look-a-likes to the American
Rosie the Riveter Association!

Do you know a living Rosie the Riveter?! The Steel Plant Museum would like to honor them on Saturday August 15th.
Please call us at (716) 821-9361 or email us at steelplantmuseumwny@gmail.com to find out more information.

The Railroad and Steel Plant Museums will be open before, during, and after the Tea Party. Admission is $2 at
the door, and donations are gratefully accepted!