Welcome to the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, a small but dynamic museum interpreting Buffalo and WNY’s steelmaking history. We feature 2 rotating exhibits a year, a First Wednesday Speaker Series, and our annual “Steelfest”!

Steelfest Volunteers

Our current exhibit at the Steel Plant Museum, “Women of Steel”, charts the evolution of women’s work at the steel plants in Western New York, from the “Rosie” days of World War II to the engineers of the mid-1970s. The exhibit also showcases two extraordinary women in steel plant history: Marion Polakov and Mary Korach. Marion Polakov was the Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America District 4 for 22 years, and with over 40 years at Bethlehem Steel’s Lackawanna Plant, Mary Korach was the company’s longest-serving female employee. The exhibit features artifacts from these women’s time with the steel plants, the story behind “Rosie the Riveter,” and a gallery wall showing pictures of women at the plants throughout the years.

We are always interested in receiving new artifacts and oral histories from women who worked at the steel plants! If you have anything you want to donate for the exhibit, please contact our curator.


Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

(716) 821-9361