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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

High Hopes: Immigration & the Erie Canal
In the second-floor Weighlock Gallery
Dates: September 13, 2018 - October 31, 2018

The Erie Canal attracted a wave of immigrants to New York State. For all, the Canal represented a new life. This exhibit looks at the movement of European immigrants along the waterway in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and their tremendous impact on New York State.


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

Upcoming Events

Lunchtime Lecture
Mapping David Vaughan's New York
Dates: October 25, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Join us at 12 p.m. Thursday, October 25 for a talk by historian Craig Williams about 19th century Canal cartographer David Vaughan, who immigrated to Albany in the late 1840s already skilled in the tools and techniques sorely needed by New York State as it resumed its first enlargement of the Erie Canal. Vaughan soon became nationally recognized for his talent in drafting maps and plans for that work, and for his keen observations of life along the Erie Canal. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Erie Canal Museum members.


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

Museum News

2018-2019 Ticket to Ride Funding Now Available
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Program Helps Fund Field Trips
Dates: September 21, 2018 - May 25, 2019

The Erie Canal Museum is a proud participant in Ticket to Ride, a program of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor that reimburses schools for the cost of field trips to Canal institutions like ours. Ticket to Ride funds are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis until monies are gone. To take advantage of this program, schedule your field trip to the Museum by calling 315-471-0593, ext. 10, or emailing steve@eriecanalmuseum.org. Then, register with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to apply for reimbursement for bus and field trip costs. Forms are available through the ECNHC website, at https://eriecanalway.org/learn/teachers/registration-form. Schedule your field trip today!


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