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The Erie Canal Museum, located in Downtown Syracuse, NY, is dedicated to showcasing the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the last remaining structure of its kind, and sharing the history and impact of the Erie Canal through exhibits with interactive displays and original artifacts, and through engaging programs. The Erie Canal Museum is a must-see for adults and children of all ages.

The Erie Canal Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The Erie Canal Museum is funded in part by a Humanities New York SHARP Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Current<span>Exhibitions</span>
Current<span>Exhibitions</span>

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COMING SOON: Gingerbread Gallery
Temporary Exhibit Gallery
Dates: November 18, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Each year the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. A great time for the whole family!


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Upcoming<span>Events</span>
Upcoming<span>Events</span>

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Interesting Infrastructure: Four Unique Mid-Atlantic Canals
Lunchtime Lecture
Dates: December 22, 2022 - December 22, 2022

With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 the United States experienced a period of "Canal Mania," resulting in the construction of thousands of miles of the canals throughout the country. While most attempted to emulate the Erie Canal in its economic success, the realities of geography, finances, politics, and engineering necessitated that each canal be unique in its own special way. This roundtable, featuring Rod Mackler of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association, Bill Merchant of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Historical Society, Derrick Pratt of the Erie Canal Museum, and Tim Roth of the Canal Society of New Jersey, will examine four of these unique canals, looking at their similarities and differences while having an engaging exchange on 19th century American canals.


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Museum <span>News</span>
Museum <span>News</span>

Museum News

Call for Bakers
To Participate in the 37th Annual Gingerbread Gallery
Dates: September 26, 2022 - November 4, 2021

The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse invites bakers of all ages to register for the 37th Annual Gingerbread Gallery, a display of confectionery creations that celebrates the holidays and the Erie Canal. Each year the Erie Canal Museum Weighlock Gallery transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows.


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