Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming and promotes an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. More about the Museum...
October 7, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that a grant from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation is enabling the Museum to upgrade its security with a new video monitoring system. This system will greatly improve our ability to protect the objects in our care and ensure that they, our staff and visitors remain safe. The Museum tells the story of one of this country’s most important engineering achievements, and the Reisman Foundation’s generous grant will do a great deal to safeguard it for students, scholars and travelers now and in the future.
Please join our board and staff in thanking the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation for its invaluable contribution!
October 4, 2016
Join us from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 for Eerie Canal Costumes, Candle Light and Zombies, our monthly Wednesdays at the Weighlock event. Explore the National Register Weighlock Building with only candlelight to lead the way. Don your favorite “eerie” costume, taste delicious food and drink samples from local producers, and perhaps see something otherworldly. Tickets are $15 for Museum members and $25 for non-members. The non-member price includes a one-year membership to the Museum.
The price includes the evening’s activities, entrance to the Museum and access to all our exhibits. To buy tickets click here. We hope to see you on October 12!
October 4, 2016
Syracuse, NY – After over a decade of preparation, planning, design, and construction, on October 4, 2016, Erie Canal Museum supporters, trustees, and staff gathered to celebrate the completion of the Museum’s new permanent first floor exhibit, “The Erie Canal Made New York.” This project, which cost over $700,000 to complete, was the first major renovation at the Erie Canal Museum since the Heritage Area Visitor Center building was built in 1992. The exhibit was designed by Steve Feldman Design and researched by Debbie Van Buren.
“The Erie Canal Made New York” chronicles the history of the inland waterway that helped shape the United States and made New York City the economic center of the world. The exhibit uses hands-on exhibits, narrative audio tracks, interactive displays and original artifacts to explain why and by whom the Erie Canal was conceived, the technology used in its construction, Canal-inspired inventions, and the waterway’s role in our country’s social and economic development. A display of the 1825 “Wedding of the Waters” ceremonial Canal opening, complete with fireworks sound effects, leads visitors to the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the only remaining canal structure of its kind in the country and the Museum’s most important artifact. The exhibit takes visitors on a comprehensive journey through the history of the Erie Canal, beginning with its inception, through construction and immediate success, and all the way up to the present barge canal system.
This project was made possible with support from the Transportation Enhancement Program sponsored by Congressman James T. Walsh; the New York State Canal Corporation; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreations and Historic Preservation;, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feldmeier; the Emerson Foundation; the John Ben Snow Foundation; JGB Enterprises; and Onondaga County Department of Transportation.