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Steelfest @ The Steel Plant Museum

To this day, there are countless locals who have never paid a visit to The Steel Plant Museum, which is unfortunate. Luckily, the museum continues to come up with an assortment of events and activities that encourage people to attend this fascinating site. As we are all aware, Buffalo was partially built upon the foundations of the steel industry. This museum pays homage to the steel plants, the workers, and the way of life.

The Steel Plant Museum of Western New York was founded in 1984 to preserve and share the steelmaking and industrial history of Buffalo and Western New York.

Each year, The Steel Plant Museum hosts Steelfest, which is a celebration of the industry that is still ever-present in this city, from the neighborhoods to the buildings. Buffalo is still considered a blue collar rust belt city, and while we are shedding that image by the day, we will always look back at our beginnings and pay tribute to the industry that made this city what it is today.

This free event features exhibits, local vendors, a food truck, local breweries, and the opening of the next exhibit, “Hard at Work: Clothing & Gear of the Steel Plant”.

This is a family friendly event that is fun for all ages.

3rd Annual Steelfest @ The Steel Plant Museum

Saturday, September 26, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

100 Lee Street | Buffalo, New York 14210

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Didn’t even know there was a steel plant museum.

    You see, this would have made MORE sense to put at Canalside than a ridiculous children’s museum that will not even be able to hold a candle to Strong Museum.

    • PaulBuffalo

      You think it would make sense to put a steel museum farther away from where steel was actually made?

      The children’s museum doesn’t have to be better than the Strong Museum for it to succeed. Local parents might find it convenient to take their children to a museum in Buffalo instead of driving to Rochester.

  • Mike White

    Aside… wouldn’t it be nice if all the local museums banded together in membership reciprocity?? I have lived in other communities that have done this.

    We’re a middle class family. Me and 3 children on a budget. Going to all the attractions in WNY is death by admission paper cuts. Albright-Knox, Historical Museum, Botanical Garden, Buffalo Zoo, Maritime Museum, Children’s Museum, Naval Park, Steel Plant, Pierce Arrow, Darwin Martin House, and so on, and on.

    I take the kids to one, maybe two a year due to budget. OTH, I’d pay a nice sum if it provided universal access to multiple attractions.

    A good new project for Queenseyes..?

    • Captain Picard

      This is a great idea.

  • 300miles

    There’s a typo in the date. The Steelfest event is this Saturday September 30th.

  • Louis Tully

    My father was the director at the Lackawanna Public Library for years and I’d always play in the steel plant museum that was in the basement. Being in a dark basement of an old library with mannequins dressed in that garb definitely freaked a kid out.

    The Heritage Discovery Center overall is a pretty cool place to visit. I’ve only been once to see the copper dormer saved from the Bethlehem Administration Building (smfh). Definitely a cool place. If you go, check out this overhead shot near the Fresnel lens. I think it was from like the 50’s – I combed over it with my dad trying to pick out what was where. I came away thinking even more, “My God we lost a lot of buildings for parking lots”.