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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

Barge & In Charge: Erie Canal Boats
In the Weighlock Gallery
Dates: August 27, 2019 - October 31, 2019

This exhibit is all about the types of boats traveling New York's canals in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. It features the best of the Museum's extensive collection of model boats, information panels, and images from our photo and postcard collections.


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

UpcomingEvents

Peggy Lou Feldmeier Lunchtime Lecture
Water Quality in the Canal
Dates: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019

On Thursday, September 19 at 12 p.m., Dr. Mark Teece, professor of biochemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, discusses the history of the quality and condition of water in the Erie Canal, and research findings on the water's current quality and condition. He also talks about sources of the Canal's water and issues surrounding these waterways. Admission is just $5, and there is no charge for Museum members. Join us!


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

Museum News

History Happy Hours continue
Museum open until 7 select Wednesdays through Nov. 6
Dates: September 11, 2019 - November 6, 2019

The Erie Canal Museum stays open until 7 p.m. on five more Wednesdays for History Happy Hour, featuring live music, a cash bar, a food truck most evenings, and access to the entire Museum and its exhibits. We feature Donna Colton on September 11, Butternut Creek Revival on September 25, the Unity Street Band on October 9, the Baby Boomers Band on October 30, and Boots 'n' Shorts on November 6. All music starts at 5. We're outside in the Locktender's Garden if weather permits, and the event takes place rain or shine. Join us!


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