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Experience the Great American Adventure Story of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal Museum is dedicated to preserving and 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. Put on a puppet show. 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 is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Current Exhibitions

From Clyde to Buffalo
Barge Canal images in the Weighlock Gallery
Dates: May 25, 2018 - September 4, 2018

This exhibit created by Canal boatman and historian Robert Graham commemorates the centennial of New York's Barge Canal with rare photos that were taken to document construction of its Western Division.


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

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays at the Weighlock
Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities and more each Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.
Dates: August 15, 2018 - August 29, 2018

Make plans to visit us every Wednesday through August for Wednesdays at the Weighlock! We're open until 7 p.m. with live music, a cash bar, children's activities, and the unique 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building to explore. Admission is free, and free parking is available in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690. We'll have music by Tommy Connors on August 8, Zeke Leonard on August 15, Honky Tonk Hindooz on August 22, and Pepper and Sassafras on August 29. Bring your friends, the kids, and your folks for this fun time!


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

Museum News

Heritage Area Walking Tours Continue in August
Join us to learn about the Erie Canal and historic downtown Syracuse
Dates: August 5, 2018 - August 30, 2018

We continue our popular walking tours of historic downtown Syracuse at 11 a.m. Sunday, August 5, Thursday, August 16 and Thursday, August 30. Meet at the Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, for a tour led by a trained docent. We explain how the Erie Canal shaped the community and look at how the neighborhood changed since the days when the waterway ran through the heart of the city. Free for Erie Canal Museum members and $10 for the general public. Members are asked to call (315) 471-0593, extension 12, to reserve a space. Free parking is available in Museum-designated spots in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690.


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