Experience Canal Heritage

Where Past Meets Present

World class museums, four national parks, 34 national historic landmarks, historic canal sites and vessels, grand movie palaces and theaters, 100-mile mural trail, local crafts, and more than 200 canal communities are here to explore.

Canal Communities

Lockport, Brockport, Spencerport, Port Byron...those communities weren't named "port" for nothing! Indeed, communities from Albany to Buffalo sprung up and grew after the canal opened in 1825. Today, you can stroll through villages, towns, and cities whose canal waterfronts still open onto historic Main Streets with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Each community has its own distinct flavor, which adds a sense of discovery and fun to exploring along the canal. Check local media listings for canal heritage days, festivals, farmer's markets, art shows, plays, and concerts.

Museums and Heritage Sites - Passport to Your National Parks

The Corridor's museums share rich stories, traditions, and artifacts of the Empire State. You'll also find canal heritage sites and museums throughout the Corridor that tell the story of the Erie Canal and its influence locally and nationally.

Record your visit with special passport cancellation stamps at select canal sites. The free stamps are part of the PASSPORT TO YOUR NATIONAL PARKS© PROGRAM. Stamp your journal or purchase a National Park Passport book (or Kid's Passport) and start collecting stamps at national parks and NPS-affiliated areas nationwide.

Saratoga National Historical Park Stillwater (518) 664-9821
General Philip Schuyler House Schuylerville (518) 670-2985
Burden Iron Works Museum Troy (518) 274-5267
Albany Institute of History & Art Albany (518) 463-4478
Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Albany (518) 432-4432
Waterford Flight, Waterford Harbor Visitor Center Waterford (518) 233-9123
Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
Mabee Farm Historic Site
Schenectady and Rotterdam
(518) 887-5073
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Fort Hunter (518) 829-7516
Arkell Museum Canajoharie (518) 673-2314
Fort Stanwix National Historical Park Rome (315) 336-3126
Canastota Canal Town Museum Canastota (315) 697-5002
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Chittenango (315) 687-3801
Erie Canal Museum Syracuse (315) 471-0593
H. Lee White Marine Museum Oswego (315) 342-0480
Camillus Erie Canal Park Camillus (315) 488-3409
Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry Seneca Falls (315) 568-1510
Women's Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls (315) 568-2141
T. Spencer Knight Park / Port of Newark Newark (315) 331-2705
Historic Palmyra Palmyra (315) 597-6981
Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester (585) 271-4320
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum Spencerport (585) 352-0942
Erie Canal Discovery Center Lockport (716) 439-0431
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Amherst (716) 689-1440
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum North Tonawanda (716) 693-1885
Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site Buffalo (716) 884-0095