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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>

CurrentExhibitions

Erie Canal Odyssey by Frank Forte
In the Weighlock Gallery
Dates: September 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020

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

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The Big Ditch's Big Problems at Niagara
Online lecture looks at challenges to Canal construction on Niagara frontier
Dates: October 20, 2020 - October 20, 2020

Join us on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 for a lecture by Ray Wigle, manager of the Erie Canal Discuvery Center in Lockport. Wigle will discuss the daunting challenges to the Canal's construction in Niagara County, New York. He will explain how they overcame those challenges with a two-part solution that is still in use today. Free and open to all; donations gratefully accepted.


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

Museum News

Escape on the Erie
New game event teaches Canal and local history
Dates: October 23, 2020 - October 23, 2020

During this event at the Museum on October 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., you and your team take the identity of a German immigrant in Syracuse during the heyday of the Erie Canal. While exploring the Museum’s exhibits, you're challenged to discover the broad themes and personal stories of the Erie Canal and Syracuse to unlock your breakout box. Admission is $25 per team with a discount for Museum members. Parents, children, and groups are welcome, and all safety protocols are observed.


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