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 www.nps.gov/sara
General Philip Schuyler House Schuylerville (518) 670-2985 www.nps.gov/sara
Burden Iron Works Museum Troy (518) 274-5267 www.hudsonmohawkgateway.org
Albany Institute of History & Art Albany (518) 463-4478 www.albanyinstitute.org
Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Albany (518) 432-4432 www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org
Waterford Flight, Waterford Harbor Visitor Center Waterford (518) 233-9123 www.town.waterford.ny.us
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 nysparks.com/historic-sites/27/details.aspx
Arkell Museum Canajoharie (518) 673-2314 www.arkellmuseum.org
Fort Stanwix National Historical Park Rome (315) 336-3126 www.nps.gov/fost
Canastota Canal Town Museum Canastota (315) 697-5002 www.canastota-canal.com
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Chittenango (315) 687-3801 www.clcbm.org
Erie Canal Museum Syracuse (315) 471-0593 www.eriecanalmuseum.org
H. Lee White Marine Museum Oswego (315) 342-0480 www.hlwmm.org
Camillus Erie Canal Park Camillus (315) 488-3409 www.eriecanalcamillus.com
Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry Seneca Falls (315) 568-1510 www.senecamuseum.com
Women’s Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls (315) 568-2141 www.nps.gov/wori
T. Spencer Knight Park / Port of Newark Newark (315) 331-2705 www.newarknychamber.org
Historic Palmyra Palmyra (315) 597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com
Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester (585) 271-4320 www.rmsc.org
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum Spencerport (585) 352-0942 www.spencerportdepot.com
Erie Canal Discovery Center Lockport (716) 439-0431 niagarahistory.org
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Amherst (716) 689-1440 www.bnhv.org
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum North Tonawanda (716) 693-1885 www.carrouselmuseum.org
Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site Buffalo (716) 884-0095 www.trsite.org