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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 - 5:00pm.
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We are excited to welcome everyone back to the museum!

We will be reopening with the Heritage DiscoveRY Center Buffalo on Saturday 7-11-2020!

We will be open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10am - 2pm.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority, so we have implemented a number of changes:

1) Masks are required when visiting the museum: In accordance with the NYS executive order, we are requiring face coverings to be worn by all guests over the age of 2 while they’re at the museum.

2) Social distancing protocols are in effect and must be observed.

3) Groups of six or more must call ahead to the Steel Plant Museum to reserve a date and time. (716) 821-9361

4) Hand sanitizer will be made available.

5) Visitors must sign in when entering the Heritage Discovery Center and the Steel Plant Museum of WNY, contact information must be provided, preferably a phone number.

We can't wait to see everyone!

Our Research Library will open by appointment only. Please call the HDC at 716-821-9360 and leave a message.

We know these are hard economic times, but if you can, take a few moments and make a donation to the Society to help pay the ongoing expenses. The WNYRHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.

Also, although most folks don't itemize on their taxes due to the recent tax law changes, there is a special provision in the COVID-19 Relief Bills that will allow taxpayers to take up to a $300 adjustment on their 2020 tax return for charitable donations made this year even though you don't itemize.

Please consider making a much needed donation to the Society to help us through this economic hardship. Thank You!

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 eight years. The Heritage DiscoveRy Center is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 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: July 30th, 2020
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The WNYHDC, Inc., 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)
of the Internal Revenue Code and all donations to the Society are tax deductible.
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