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

CurrentExhibitions

36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery
In the 2nd Floor Weighlock Gallery
Dates: November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Each year the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. The exhibit, which began as a one-day architecture display in 1986, celebrates the holidays, local landmarks, and Central New York's Erie Canal heritage with confectionery creations by professional and amateur bakers of all ages.


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

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A Deeper Dive with Mark Kurlansky
Virtual Lecture
Dates: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021

Join Mark Kurlansky, best selling author of Salt, for this exciting discussion about how the Erie Canal established the economies and foodways that made New York the Empire State. This is the final event of our year long Erie Eats Foodways Project.


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

Museum News

Weathering Winter
On the Erie Canal
Dates: November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022

The New York State Canal System closed for the winter in mid-October this year. In the 19th century, the Erie Canal was also closed during the long, cold winter months. The corridor, however, was still full of activity!


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