November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Timed tickets are required before entering the Museum. Click the button above to schedule your visit!
We allow six people to enter the Museum every 10 minutes. This allows us to ensure no more than 25 people are in the Gingerbread Gallery at a time. For more information about our COVID-19 protocol, click here. Admission to the Museum, which includes the Gingerbread Gallery, is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $4 for children 3-17, and free for children 2 & under.
Each year the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. Last year’s 34th Annual Gingerbread Gallery welcomed over 6,000 visitors! Thank you to everyone who registered to participate. We look forward to seeing your Gingerbread creations!
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.
New This Year: A Virtual Gingerbread Gallery that includes close ups of each entry and the experience of walking through the village is available to purchase as either a YouTube link or DVD. All Museum Members receive access to the Virtual Gallery. If, for any reason, the Museum is required to shut down again during the run of the Gingerbread Gallery, we will continue offering the virtual experience.
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.”