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Experience the Great American Adventure Story of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal Museum located in Downtown Syracuse, NY, is dedicated showcasing the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the last remaining structure of its kind, and to telling the incredible adventure story of the Erie Canal. Come aboard a full size replica canal boat. Explore life in a canal town. Experience a part of history that played an imperative role in the growth and development of the United States. 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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Infrastructure of Empire
Temporary Exhibit Gallery
Dates: May 13, 2022 - October 30, 2022

The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of its day, but has had far reaching consequences that could never have been imagined. Explore how the canal was built, how it has changed the physical and social layout of the region, and how it continues to influence New York State.

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Weighing In: A Day in the Life of the Syracuse Weighmasters
Lunchtime Lecture
Dates: July 21, 2022 - July 21, 2022

This will cover a personal look at  weigh masters and the process they went through to become one, and their interactions with other people who worked at the weigh lock, the boatmen, and what happened in the Weighlock buildings.

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Winners Annouced
36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery
Dates: November 20, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Who are the Erie Canal Museum’s top Gingerbread Gallery bakers? Thirty-two gingerbread submissions were judged on the basis of overall appeal, originality, difficulty, and creative use of materials. Top bakers in the Youth, Family/Group, and Senior categories are honored with ribbons. Cash prizes go to the top three winners in the Confectioner category, and special ribbons are awarded to the baker whose work is judged to best represent the Erie Canal and the creation voted the People's Choice.

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