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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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Hidden Perspectives: Women's Lives on the Erie Canal
In the Link Gallery
Dates: March 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

The story of women whose lives were impacted by the Erie Canal, whether they worked on it, traveled on it, or had their political awakenings as a result of it. This exhibit will be based upon the vast collection of images owned by the Museum as well as Canal writings.

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Lunchtime Lecture
Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring the Unrecognized Role of the Canal in Irrigating Western New York
Dates: March 17, 2021 - March 17, 2021

In this virtual discussion, Dr. Stephen Shaw will introduce geography, infrastructure, and hydrology related to the canal in Western New York. He will explore how farms and others currently use water from the canal. Additionally, the talk will discuss plans to expand irrigation to support the region’s agricultural economy and to provide some resiliency to the increased occurrence of drought.

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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 - October 31, 2021

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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