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Museums and Historic Sites (L-Z)


Lackawanna Steel Museum, Lackawana, Erie County

Once home to the largest steel plant in the world, Lackawanna now pays tribute to western New York's steelworkers at the Steel Plant Museum. Photos, exhibits and memorabilia depicting the region's industrial past are housed in the beautiful Carnegie Library. 716-823-0630.

Letchworth Museums, Castile, Wyoming County

Letchworth State Park is home to many sites of interest to students of colonial times. A statute of Mary Jamison, "The White Woman of the Genesee" is located near an Indian Council House and an authentic Seneca Long House. The park also features an excellent collection of early artifacts at The William Pryor Letchworth Museum, 585-493-2760.

Livingston Arts Center

Located at 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. Visit the New Deal Gallery, home to Livingston County’s collection of WPA easel paintings, and Apartment One, an exhibition space for regional artists. Sign up for classes and workshops. Free/open to the public; donations accepted. 1-8pm Tuesdays & Thursdays; 10am-3pm Saturdays; other times and group tours by appointment. Information: 585-243-6785, mail@gvcaonline.org, www.livingstonartscenter.org

Lewiston Historical Association, Lewiston, Niagara County

Lewiston is considered one of the most historic areas in Western New York and is situated on the Niagara River, a few miles north of Niagara Falls. It was the birthplace of the falls, and was one of the first commercial sites in the area because it was used as a portage for early French traders in the early 17th Century looking to navigate around the falls. Lewiston is famous for its role in the War of 1812 when America invaded Canada and is also known as the last stop on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves seeking freedom in Canada. www.historiclewiston.org

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, Monroe County

The spectra of human creativity shines brilliantly at Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, where 5,000 years of the world's great art is on display. Numbered among its treasures are works by Matisse, Cezanne, Homer, Cassatt and Monet. The Dorothy McBride Gill Education Center's interactive displays are aimed at families seeking new ways to explore art. Clothesline Festival Sept. 6&7 at gallery grounds. Oldest and largest arts & crafts festival in area. 585-473-7720.

Newtown Battlefield, Elmira, Chemung County

Newtown Battlefield and Sullivan's Monument mark the site of Gen. Sullivan's Revolutionary War victory over the Seneca and British forces. Today a beautiful 330-acre county park, Newtown offers family camping, hiking and picnicking. Newtown Battlefield, Elmira. 607-732-6067.

Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara County

Western New York's colonial legacy lives on at Old Fort Niagara. This 18th century military compound was occupied, in turn, by French, British and colonial troops. Historic buildings date from 1726. Open daily, year-round, Old Fort Niagara features cannon and musket firings, historical re-enactments, 18th century military living demonstrations and archeology programs. 716-745-7611.

Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, Monroe County

Rochester Museum & Science Center features exhibits on regional and local history, natural science, technology and geology, and includes a planetarium. The permanent "Western Door" exhibit tells the story of the Native American habitation of the region. The museum also operates the Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre environmental education center in the Bristol Hills. 585-271-1880.

Salamanca Rail Museum, Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co.

Salamanca's Rail Museum, housed in a restored 1912 passenger depot, recognizes an era when trains reigned as the country's main means of transportation and Salamanca was an important railroad center. The period is brought to life through artifacts, photographs and video presentations. 716-945-3133.

Seneca Iroquois Museum, Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co.

Seneca Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, is committed to preserving the history and culture of the Seneca Nation, Keeper of the Western Door of the Iroquois Confederacy. Expressive exhibits framed by historic and contemporary artwork dramatize the Seneca lifestyle. Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Broad Street, Salamanca,716-945-1738.

Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, Monroe County

Families and history come together at the Strong Museum, where hands-on exhibits tell the tale of everyday life in American since 1820. World-renown collections are stacked like treasures on the second floor: tens of thousands of dolls, toys, miniatures, dollhouses, home furnishings, and more. Each interactive exhibit is geared toward kids having fun, while learning about the past. 585-454-7639. www.museumofplay.org

The Rockwell Museum, Corning, Steuben County

The Rockwell Museum boasts the largest collection of western American art in the eastern United States. Also featured are early Steuben glass, firearms, Native American artifacts and antique toys. 607-937-5386.

Tired Iron Tractor Museum, Cuylerville, Livingston Co.

Once you've visited a busy farm, you might wonder where all the hard-working farm equipment goes when it's brought in from the pasture, so to speak. A visit to the Tired Iron Tractor Museum in Cuylerville, Livingston County, will answer your question. 585-382-9736. www.antiquetractormuseum.com

Victorian Doll Museum, North Chili, Monroe County

Twenty-seven years of collecting led to the establishment of the Victorian Doll Museum. German porcelain dolls dating from the 1890s are a highlight. Next door is the internationally respected Chili Doll Hospital. 585-247-0130.

Wireless Radio Museum, East Bloomfield, Ontario Co.

One of only three radio museums in the United States, the AWA Wireless Radio Museum is devoted to wireless communication history. Exhibits include a 1925 radio department featuring complete receivers and original parts still in their boxes. The evolution of the television set is explained in a display of early sets. 585-657-6260.

Women's Rights National Park, Seneca Falls, Seneca Co.

Seneca Falls is home to the Women's Rights National Historic Park, 136 Fall St. 315-568-2991. Includes remains of Wesleyan Methodist Chapel where first conference was held, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House on Washington Street (daily tours) and the M'Clintock House in Waterloo. Also in Seneca Falls is the National Women's Hall of Fame, 76 Fall St. 315-568-8060.

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