Erie Canal Museum

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Erie Canal Museum
Erie Canal Museum logo.png
Established October 25, 1962 (1962-10-25)[1]
Weighlock Building
Erie Canal Museum in former weigh lock building, Syracuse, New York
Erie Canal Museum is located in New York
Erie Canal Museum
Erie Canal Museum is located in the US
Erie Canal Museum
Location SE corner of Erie Blvd. E. and Montgomery St., Syracuse, New York
Coordinates 43°3′2.4″N 76°8′55.8″W / 43.050667°N 76.148833°W / 43.050667; -76.148833Coordinates: 43°3′2.4″N 76°8′55.8″W / 43.050667°N 76.148833°W / 43.050667; -76.148833
Built 1849
NRHP Reference # 71000552[2]
Added to NRHP February 18, 1971

The Erie Canal Museum is a historical museum about the Erie Canal, located in Syracuse, New York. The museum was founded in 1962 and is a private, non-profit corporation. It is housed in a weigh lock building dating from 1850, where canal boats used to be weighed when travelling through Syracuse on the canal.[3] The museum includes a gallery of present canal life.

The museum's Weighlock Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[2]


The Weighlock Building was constructed in 1850 and was known by 1940 as the State Department of Public Works. Since 1962, the building has been occupied by the Erie Canal Museum.[4]

Market Building was built in an abandoned canal basin which extended south from the Weighlock Building in East Water Street. The building was originally intended as a "center for meat dealers" but failed as such. Later, the building was repurposed for city offices and as a meeting place for the public. The front of the building was occupied by a small, fenced grass plot.[4]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Waite, Diana S. (August 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Weighlock Building". Retrieved 2009-05-05.  and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1970
  4. ^ a b Early, Frank J. (January 31, 1940). "Bicycle and Automobile Set New Tempo and Brought More Industry to Syracuse". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. 

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