The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse, New York was recently awarded a capital equipment grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. When matched, this grant will help the institution purchase new exhibition furniture, including temporary walls and display cases. This new equipment will align aesthetically with the Museum’s first-floor introductory exhibit, and will help to create a better visitor experience. The Erie Canal Museum is one of just 36 institutions across the state to receive a NYSCA facilities grant for 2018.

Established in 1962, the Erie Canal Museum protects and showcases the only remaining weighlock building in the United States. It is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and also serves as the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. The 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.