Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse, NY 13202 - United States





Free Everyday

Located in the heart of downtown Syracuse, the Erie Canal Museum showcases the only remaining weighlock building in the United States, collects and preserves Canal material, and provides engaging educational experiences that champion an appreciation and understanding of the Erie Canal’s transforming effects on the past, present and future.


The Erie Canal Made New York exhibit includes interactive displays, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. The exhibit explains why and by whom the Erie Canal was conceived, the technology used in its construction, Canal-inspired inventions, and the waterway’s role in our country’s social and economic development. A display of the 1825 Wedding of the Waters ceremonial Canal opening, complete with fireworks sound effects, leads visitors to the 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, the Museum’s most important artifact.

On the Museum's second floor is 2021's temporary exhibit, Erie Eats, which highlights the many ways in which the histories of the Erie Canal and foodways have intersected over the last two centuries and will continue to interact in the future.

On September 18th there will be tours of the museum's exhibits from 10:30AM-12Pm, as well as a walking tour of Downtown Syracuse discussing its canal history starting at 10:30AM. At 1PM, the Museum will host a walking tour of Syracuse titled Pathway of Resistance, looking at African American history along the Erie Canal. All tours as well as museum admission are free with suggested donations of $10.

Museum Day participants can receive 10% off in the Museum Gift Shop.

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