November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Open Daily from 10 AM – 4 PM
Grand Opening on Friday, November 25 | 10 AM – 8 PM
With live music by Merry Mischief from 4 – 6 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Closed at 2 PM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
During the Gingerbread Gallery, Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $4 for children 3-17, and free for children 2 & under.
Tickets will be available at the door and not available to pre-purchase.
Museum Members receive a Family Pass good for admission for up to six people. Join today to receive your Family Pass. You can also join at the Museum when you come to visit the Gingerbread Gallery.
Each year the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. In a typical year, we see over 6,000 visitors during the Gingerbread Gallery!
Before or after you visit the Gingerbread Gallery, be sure to explore the rest of the Museum. We share 200 years of Erie Canal history through exhibits and original artifacts. A visit to the Museum includes a full-size replica canal boat, exhibits about Erie Canal commerce and communities, the award-winning Locktender’s Garden, and the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building.
This project is made possible with the support of the County of Onondaga through a Marketing for Economic Development Grant with the support of the County Executive and administered by CNY Arts.
The Erie Canal Museum’s annual Gingerbread Gallery started in 1986 as a one-day gingerbread auction. Its popularity has increased over the years, and it is now a six-week long event featuring dozens of gingerbread creations made by local bakers of all ages! Everyone is invited to participate in the Gingerbread Gallery.
From the Fall 1987 Erie Canal Museum Canal Packet Newsletter:
“On December 13, 1986, over 700 visitors toured the Weighlock Building to view the Museum Gingerbread Gallery and enjoy a day full of holiday entertainment. Choruses, carolers, and choirs of bells provided a musical background for visitors strolling down our nostalgic Gingerbread Lane, lined with storefronts right out of the 1800’s.
“Through the magic of theater set design the Museum’s second floor exhibition gallery became a canal town street complete with toy, curio, floral, and baked goods shops, all trimmed for the holidays. Proudly displayed in the window of each shop was a gingerbread work of art – a house, a train, and gingerbread models of local historic buildings – created by Syracuse’s finest bakers.”