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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 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 State. 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

Buffalo: Western Terminus of the Erie Canal
In the Link Gallery
Dates: September 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Buffalo, New York-based artist Dana Hatchett's landscape drawings of Buffalo during its Canal days, accompanied by Buffalo and Erie Canal history.

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

Upcoming Events

Gingerbread Build + Sip
Back by Popular Demand
Dates: December 14, 2017 - December 14, 2017

This special event is scheduled for 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Erie Canal Museum's Gingerbread Gallery. We'll have live music by Amanda Rogers, a cash bar and stations with everything you need to build your own house using graham crackers and a variety of edible decorations. Milk cartons are optional! This fun program is back by popular demand, and is open to ages 21 and over. Admission is $12 for Museum members and $15 for the general public. Free parking is available in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. General public tickets are available at

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

Museum News

Congratulations, Bakers!
Top Submissions in the 32nd Annual Gingerbread Gallery
Dates: December 12, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Guest judges recently completed scoring submissions to the 32nd annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. Community representatives judged all submissions on the basis of overall appeal, originality, difficulty and creative use of materials. Bakers receiving the three highest scores in the Family/Group, Youth, and Senior categories are honored with ribbons, and the top three bakers in the Confectioner category receive cash prizes. The bakers whose creation was judged most representative of the Erie Canal wins a gift basket valued at $150. The winner of the People's Choice award will be announced at the end of December. Here are this year's first-place, second-place and third-place creations:

First Place: Christmas at the State Fair by the D'Angelo and Johnson Families
Second Place: Unless... by Girl Scout Troop 10043
Third Place: Low Bridge Everyone Down! by OCM BOCES SKATE at East Syracuse Elementary School

First Place (tie): A Peanuts Christmas by Hutchings Psychiatric Center (MSS) and Christmas in Bikini Bottom by Octavia Miller, Minerva Miller, Walter Miller and Jane Verostek
Second Place: Grandpa's House by the Erie Canal by Julia and Billy Trask, Mary Converse and Dale Trask
Third Place: Gingerblood House by The 8 Year Apart Twins

First Place: Dreaming of a White Christmas by Joanne Lefebvre
Second Place: Erie House, Port Byron, NY by Jim Altoonian

First Place: The Borgund Stave Norwegian Church by Jim and Leslie Muhlhahn
Second Place: A Christmas at the Lock by Donna Lee, Jacqui Zacek and Colleen Sheridan
Third Place: Christmas on the Canal by Megan Therrien

Erie Canal Theme: Traveling School of Science, 1826 by Shannon Phillips, Brooke Cochran, Tagan Cutting, Shayla Bloodgood, Amber Maloney, Jennifer Pittsley and Jasmine Pittsley

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