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Heritage Discovey Center

New York

Steel Plant

Nickel Plate
& Technical

Erie Lackawanna
Historical Society

Buffalo Lighthouse Association

Buffalo Irish Genealogy Society

Buffalo Geological Society




The museum is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
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Our September program will be presented by Society member Jim Slominski covering the history of the New York Central Railroad. Jim has wonderful historic photos by NYC Company photographer Ed Nowak of the vast presence of the NYC in the Buffalo region. Catch up with old and new friends and all the developments at the Heritage Discovery Center.

Welcome to the
Heritage DiscoveRY Center
100 Lee Street, Buffalo, New York, 14210

         The Heritage DiscoveRy Center provides the Buffalo and Niagara Frontier with a unique cultural attraction to showcase the rich railroad, marine and industrial heritage of the region. Our goal has been to create a regional attraction to capitalize on our proximity to Harbor Center, RiverBend, Canalside and Silo City to enhance an already growing and prosperous tourism market by encouraging extended-stay tourism in the Buffalo Niagara Region.

         Our dynamic museum development will creates a premier location here in Western New York to celebrate the rich industrial heritage of our region. The museum offers interactive, educational opportunities for young and old by providing a center of learning about railroad, steel, industrial and maritime history. Nearly 80% of our region’s population can trace family ties to the railroad, steel making or shipping at some point in their family history.

         Ethnic diversity and community pride are on display and demonstrated through ongoing study and exhibitions focused on the thousands of workers once employed by the railroads, steel plants and the Buffalo harbor. Our ancestors contibuted to the growth and economic development of Western New York and the nation.

         In addition to the ‘‘Western New York Railway Historical Society Inc.,’’ the Heritage DiscoveRy Center has become home to the ‘‘Steel Plant Museum of Western New York’’, ‘‘The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc.,’’ ‘‘The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc.,’’ ‘‘The Buffalo Lighthouse Association,’’ the ‘‘Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society.’’ and ‘‘The Buffalo Geological Society.’’

         Thank you for your visit and please take some time to see all we have accomplished in eleven years. The Heritage DiscoveRy Center is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 10:00am - 4:00pm where you can browse at your leisure or a volunteer can guide you through our many exhibits.

This page was last updated: September 14th, 2022
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The WNYHDC, Inc., 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, New York, 14210 is an independent organization and has no affiliation
with any other local or national group. The Society is a fully qualified organization under 501 (C) (3)
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