Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Boulevard East
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315.471.0593
Fax: 315.471.7220

Erie Canal Museum


The Erie Canal Museum is celebrating over 50 years as the official museum of the Erie Canal by sharing their historic photograph and manuscript collections on New York Heritage Digital Collections. The only surviving weighlock of seven located along the New York State Canal System, the Museum building once housed the offices of weighmasters and New York State Barge Canal Engineers. The building continues its role today as steward of the rich history of New York’s canals. Come explore our collections at 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY.

Erie Canal Museum is a member of the Central New York Library Resources Council.


1935 Federal Improvement Aerial Survey

This set of aerial images offers insight into several early versions of the Erie Canal, which were still visible in 1935 but have since been replaced by other infrastructure or otherwise faded into their surroundings.

Barge Canal Construction: Western Division

These photographs document construction of the Barge Canal and the first few years of its use, from 1905-1926. Coverage encompasses the entire Western Division of the Barge Canal, from the eastern boundary of Wayne County all the way west to Lake Erie

Working on the Erie Canal

The “Working on the Erie Canal” collection contains photographs and documents relating to the canal and its workers.