Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits

Take advantage of these special exhibits and openings while you’re at WCC2017.

Brine, Boats & Bureaucrats

Canal Crossings Street Murals

Hidden Perspectives

Rochester in 1838

Enterprising Waters


Waterway: Youth Video Exhibition 

Daily, Everson Museum of Art, Outdoor Exhibition Venue, dusk-11pm or View here anytime > 
Enjoy the premier screening of 1-3 minute short films focusing on canal life and culture through the eyes, experience and imagination of young people from Scotland, Belgium, Italy and New York State.  Projections will be shown each night from September 24-28.

Brine, Boats & Bureaucrats: Syracuse Salt and New York’s 19th Century Canals

Daily, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Mezzanine Gallery (accessible by the main elevators)
This exhibit by the Onondaga Historical Association explores the relationship between Syracuse’s salt industry and its vital bond to the Erie Canal and the growth of Syracuse as a hub of industry. Exhibit sponsored by M & T Bank and The Questers of Quarry #993.
Hours: Gallery open 24 hours during WCC2017

Canal Crossings Street Murals- Public Unveiling and Block Party

Sunday, September 24, 1-5 pm, E. Water Street, Syracuse
Head to E. Water Street near the Erie Canal Museum for the official unveiling of Canal Crossings, a series of street murals applied directly on the pavement to celebrate the Erie Canal’s significance to the city. Meet the artists and enjoy live music. The project is spearheaded by 40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force. An additional mural is at the E. Onondaga Street in front of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Conference Center.

Hidden Perspectives: Women’s Lives on the Erie Canal

Daily, Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse
Hidden Perspectives: Women’s Lives on the Erie Canal uses images and artifacts from the Museum’s collection to share stories of women and girls on the historic waterway. The museum is also showcasing artist Dana Hatchett’s landscape drawings of Buffalo during the 1800s, and historical information about Buffalo and the Erie Canal in the special exhibit Buffalo: Western Terminus of the Erie CanalHidden Perspectives is made possible with the support of Bond, Schoeneck & King and Building Energy Solutions, LLC.
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 3pm. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation

Rochester in 1838, Exhibit Opening Reception & Concert 

Thursday, September 28, 5:30-8:30pm, Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester
In celebration of the city’s canal heritage and the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, the public is invited to a grand reopening of the museum’s newly restored diorama, Rochester in 1838. The opening is followed by the Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert performed by the Brockport Symphony Orchestra at 7:30pm in the RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium.
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm; Sunday: 11am–5pm

Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal

New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany
The State Museum tells the Erie Canal’s story with unique objects, documents, and images. Dominating the exhibition is a gigantic windlass—a pulley mechanism that easily lifted and lowered heavy cargo from both sides of a warehouse with only one or two men. From 1831 through 1866, this windlass operated in the H. G. Root and Company Warehouse in the Village of Mohawk on the Erie Canal.
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm, Free admission


Sunday, September 30, 9am–5pm, Canal Street at Locks 34/35, Lockport
Celebrate local farms, food, crafts, and community at this harvest festival on the Erie Canal. Craft beverage tastings, historic lock demonstrations, and live music.

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