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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>

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Syracuse & the Erie Canal: 200 Years
In the Weighlock Gallery
Dates: July 30, 2020 - October 30, 2020

This exhibit is 200 years in the making! The first packet boat to travel to Syracuse on the Erie Canal arrived in April of 1820. We're commemorating the Erie Canal's history in the community and its profound impact on all aspects of the city with information panels, images, and historic Syracuse and Canal artifacts from our collections.


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

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Heritage Area walking tours
Explore historic Syracuse with these outdoor programs
Dates: July 30, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Join us at 10 a.m. Thursday or Saturday for a guided walking tour of historic downtown Syracuse. Learn how the Erie Canal shaped the city, view amazing landmarks, and hear how the neighborhood has changed since the waterway was its centerpiece. Preregister and prepay online at https://eriecanalmuseum.org/store/product/heritage-area-walking-tour/. FREE for Museum members and children 17 and under!


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

Museum News

Congratulations, model canal boat winners
Vote for the People's Choice winner by Sept. 25
Dates: September 14, 2020 - September 25, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our Brick-a-Boat model canal boat contest! Partner museums across the state judged model boats of all kinds according to overall appeal, originality, difficulty, and creative use of materials. The contest was completely online, free to enter, and open to all ages. We created a digital exhibit that displays photos of all the entries. You can still vote for your favorite boat to win the People's Choice award! Visit https://eriecanalmuseum.org/brick-a-boat/ by September 25 and let us know your favorite. We'll send a special ribbon to this winner at the end of September.


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