Our Mission

The Erie Canal Museum engages the public in the story of the Erie Canal’s transformative impacts on peoples and places in the past, present, and future.

Our Vision

We will be the leading interpreter of the Erie Canal’s profound influence on Central New York, the United States, and the world, while being a vibrant hub in downtown Syracuse, engaging the community onsite and online with our world class collections and unique educational experiences.

Land Acknowledgement

The Erie Canal Museum acknowledges it is located on the unceded lands of the Onondaga Nation, Central Firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Erie Canal itself is located on the homelands of all members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy: the Mohawk, Oneida, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations. We recognize that the Erie Canal played a major role in the disruption of their traditional ways of living, negative effects of which linger to this day. Here at the Erie Canal Museum we are committed to taking actions to do our small part in addressing these wrongs through education and inclusion.