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...
July 16, 2015
Join us for a free, fun and educational program by historic re-enactor Dennis Heaphy from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, July 20 and Thursday, July 23. Heaphy will portray a 19th century canal boat captain making repairs to his vessel on a replica boat at the Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse. He will dress in period attire, use antique implements and interact with visitors while he tells stories and shares information about the Erie Canal. The program is part of Artsweek in downtown Syracuse, and will take place rain or shine. Free parking is at Visitor Center spots in the New York State Office Building lot between North State Street and Oswego Boulevard, adjacent to Erie Boulevard East.
July 13, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has made a $2,000 contribution to the Museum for repair and maintenance of outdoor exhibits. The company’s generous donation will help us make additional repairs to the Nathan Roberts replica canal boat and the Locktender’s Garden exhibit, and continue to educate visitors about canal boats, the people who worked on the Erie Canal and life along the Canal during the 19th century. Our exterior exhibits are an important part of our efforts to become one of the leading canal institutions in the country, and we are most grateful for Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners’ support.
July 7, 2015
We are thrilled to announce a generous $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation. This grant will fund an ideas competition to solicit input about connecting the historic Erie Canalway Trail from the town of DeWitt to the city of Syracuse. The project is a partnership between the Museum and the Town of DeWitt. It is intended to encourage public input about what is best for the Canalway Trail with a specific focus on the Erie Boulevard East corridor, and to help make the selection of a design team a more creative process. The project has many elements including an exhibit of top submissions, and will continue the Museum’s commitment to reconnect downtown Syracuse with Central New York’s canal heritage. We also hope to catalyze the development of truly original ideas for closing this challenging gap in the Erie Canalway Trail.