Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village hosts

An Exhibition from Museum on Main Street of the Smithsonian Institute

October 5 – November 17, 2019


Water’s impact upon humans is vast. In addition to biological and environmental significance in our lives, it has also permeated American culture.

This fall Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village will host Water/Ways, an exhibition from Museum on Main Street of the Smithsonian Institute, which will explore water as an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

With compelling text, imagery, interactives, and videos, Water/Ways reveals the central nature of water in our lives. Featuring:

  • Smithsonian and local exhibits about history, culture, and science of water
  • Events and education programs focused on our local community
  • Stories from community members about water
  • Ways to share your own memories and stories

Water/Ways has been made possible in Amherst, New York by the Museum Association of New York. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Days and Hours

Water/Ways will be be open from October 5th to November 17th.

Days and hours are:

Wednesday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm

Sunday, noon to 5:00pm

See details here about upcoming Water/Ways activities.

See details here on how you can share your water story on Thursday, November 7th. 



Community Contributors

Anthony Baldi & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Buffalo & Erie County Library
Buffalo News
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Guild – Heritage Brewers
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Guild – Victorian Dancers
Buffalo Niagara Water Keeper
Captain Rich DeGlopper – Classic Cruises
Christine Zinni – New York Folklorist
Crystal Rock Water Company
Dan Meyer- Water Color Painter
David Ruch – Musician Story Teller – Erie Canal
Don Paul – Meteorologist — World Weather Center
Erie Canal Heritage Corridor
Erie County Environment & Planning – Joanna Panasiewicz and Mary MacSwan
Girl Scouts of Western New York
Hadley Exhibits
Hahn Ponds
Jane Stoddard – Water Color Painter
Kris Ruggiero – Weather Exhibit / Demonstration – World Weather Center
Lockport Library
Museum Association Of New York
Museum On Main Street – Smithsonian Institute
New York Folk Lore Society
Niagara County Historical Society
Pendleton Historical Society
Rich Hamell – Two Row Wampum Belts and Reproduction Wampum Belts
Ship’N Shore Restaurant – Tom Class – Proprietor
Sierra Club
Step In Time Duo (Marsha & Monte Jones)
Stereo Advantage
Western New York Gas And Steam Engine Association