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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 - January 17, 2018

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

Free Curator Talk
The Life and Times of DeWitt Clinton
Dates: February 22, 2018 - February 22, 2018

On Thursday, February 22 at 12 p.m., Museum Curator Ashley Maready will present a talk on the life and times of DeWitt Clinton, the political leader who spearheaded the construction of the Erie Canal 200 years ago. Maready will discuss Clinton's upbringing and career, as well as the economic and social forces that fostered the idea of a man-made waterway on New York's frontier. The program is free and open to the public and will include time for questions. Free parking is in designated Museum/Visitor Center spots in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690. We hope you'll join us!


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

Museum News

Bimonthly Lectures Begin Wednesday, March 14
Topics Include the Canal and Freemasons, Native American Perspectives on the Canal
Dates: March 14, 2018 - November 17, 2018

The Erie Canal Museum on Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse will present bimonthly lectures on Canal-related topics beginning Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Each lecture will take place in the Museum at or around 12:00 p.m., and will last for approximately one hour. Admission is free for Museum members and $5 per person for the general public. Free parking is in Visitor Center/Museum-designated spots in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690.

Mark Schmeller, associate professor of history at Syracuse University, will begin the series on March 14 at 11:00 a.m. with a talk on the 1826 kidnapping of William Morgan, a Batavia, N.Y. laborer who had threatened to reveal the secrets of the Freemasons, the most powerful fraternal order in the nation. The abduction lit a firestorm of popular outrage that nearly destroyed the order, and led to the formation of the Anti-Masonic Party. The controversy illustrates developments crucial to understanding the "Jacksonian" era, which profoundly shaped antebellum politics and culture.

We hope you will join us for this program and all our 2018 lectures and events. For more information call 315-471-0593, extension 15.


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