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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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Erie Canal Odyssey by Frank Forte
In the Link Gallery
Dates: September 15, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Exhibit extended! Photographer Frank Forte shares 10 multi-image panels that depict communities, structures, boats, people, and activities along the canals of New York State, from Waterford to Seneca Falls. The exhibit depicts the first part of his self-commissioned mission to visit and photograph New York's entire canal system.

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Lunchtime Lecture
Pathway of Resistance: The Erie Canal and the Abolition Movement
Dates: February 25, 2021 - February 25, 2021

In this virtual presentation, Museum Educator Derrick Pratt will discuss the institution of slavery in New York state itself, economic opportunities found along the newly constructed Canal by African Americans, how the Canal played an important role in the abolition movements development, and what role the canal may have played in the Underground Railroad.

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

Museum News

Erie Canal Museum Receives IMPACT! Grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
to Support Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project
Dates: January 14, 2021 - November 2, 2020

We are excited to announce that the Erie Canal Museum was one of 13 non-profit organizations and municipalities to be awarded an Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grant in 2021. The grant will help fund Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project.
This project will showcase the diverse ways in which the Erie Canal radically impacted how people in New York State and beyond interacted with the most basic building blocks of human life, food and drink.

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