Student Tours and Field Trips

The Erie Canal Museum offers both in person and virtual field trips. See below for more information about both. You can also contact or call (315)-471-0593.

In Person Field Trips

A student field trip to the Erie Canal Museum includes a docent-led tour of the Museum and time for educator-led activities. Field trips are available year round, Monday through Friday between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Field trip visits can accommodate up to 60 people with a minimum of 10 people.

Erie Canal Museum docents guide students through the Museum for about one hour, highlighting the important role the Erie Canal played in the development of our country. Tours focus on the history of the Erie Canal, the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the Frank Buchanan Thomson full size replica line boat, and education galleries. Museum educators also lead students in hands-on educational activities and provide additional ideas for instruction. Please plan about two hours for your Erie Canal Museum field trip.

Schools could also choose to come for a teacher led field trip, for which Museum docents would not be available.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact or call (315)-471-0593. Tours should be scheduled a minimum of three weeks in advance.

If you are looking for information about group tours, please click here.

Field Trip Fees

Guided tours are $7 per person.
The Museum requests a $5 per person donation for teacher led field trips.
Tour leaders, chaperones, and bus drivers are admitted free.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s Ticket to Ride Program provides funding for field trip admission and transportation costs to the Erie Canal Museum. Apply here.

Post Visit Evaluations

Following your visit to the Erie Canal Museum please fill out and return these evaluations with your class. These will greatly help us in ensuring that students and teachers get the best possible experience on their field trips. Thank you!

Student Evaluation

Teacher Evaluation

Virtual Field Trips

The Erie Canal Museum is now offering a variety of virtual field trip experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. These field trips are geared towards addressing the New York State Social Studies curriculum for 4th and 7th grade, though they can be modified for other grade levels as well. The field trips will consist of a mixture of prerecorded material and virtual interactions with a museum educator.

All virtual field trip experiences take between 45 minutes and an hour to complete. Each field trip session costs $75. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact or call (315)-471-0593.

At present, the virtual experiences being offered are:

Basics of the Erie Canal

Why was the Erie Canal built? How was it built? What happened with it once it was built? Where is it now? All these questions and more will be answered in this crash course on “Clinton’s Ditch.”

Mapping the Erie Canal

Explore the unique geography of New York and discover why the Erie Canal was perfectly positioned to transform New York into the “Empire State” as well as how the Canal changed the day to day lives of New Yorkers along its banks.

Engineering the Erie Canal

Discover the engineering marvel that was the Erie Canal and how the efforts of novice engineers transformed the State of New York and the nation.

Life on the Erie Canal

What was it like to live on the Canal? Learn more about this transformative waterway through a discussion of the Canal’s folklore, everyday life, slang, and much more.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Take a virtual tour of the Erie Canal Museum’s exhibits and collections while keeping an eye out for important information concerning the impact of the canal on transportation, communities, and the environment.

Primary Source Workshop

Investigate and analyze a variety of primary sources from the canal era to discover how the transportation, the economy, the communities, and the lives of people living in New York were dramatically changed throughout the 19th century.