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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

Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott
Be sure to attend this book talk and foodways presentation
Dates: October 22, 2019 - October 22, 2019

Join us as Independent Historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr. presents a talk about the journal kept by a young Canadian who wrote vivid impressions of everything he encountered during an extensive trip across New York in 1826. Schneider, who transcribed and edited this journal into a book, discusses the world Scott observed and some of the remarkable historical coincidences linking his story to the present. The program includes a discussion about 19th century technology's influence on American food, presented by Amanda Massie of New York State Parks and Valerie Balint of Historic Artists' Homes and Studios. Admission is just $5 per person, and there is no charge for Museum members.


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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: October 30, 2019 - November 6, 2019

The Erie Canal Museum stays open until 7 p.m. on two more Wednesdays this year for History Happy Hours, which feature live music, a cash bar, the Big Awesome BBQ food truck, and access to the entire Museum. We host the Baby Boomers Band on October 30, and Boots 'n' Shorts on November 6. All music starts at 5, and the Big Awesome BBQ food truck is parked outside serving scrumptious dinner fare starting at 4:30. Bring your appetite to this fun, free event!


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