The RMSC Museum will be open from Wednesday (May 12) through Sunday (May 16) in celebration of the final week of our featured exhibit, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. See our admission page for details about our extended hours.

Erie Canal Lock

Erie Canal Lock

Located in the AdventureZone exhibition.

Get hands-on and learn how canal locks work in the real world with the next-generation Erie Canal Lock exhibit. Built by RMSC volunteers and staff (chiefly our Technical Advisory Group (TAG) volunteers), the new permanent exhibit features several exciting enhancements.

Come try it out for yourself:

  • Operate a tugboat
  • Open valves to lower and raise water
  • Turn cranks
  • Power a locomotive
  • So much more!

Also, explore the At the Western Door exhibition and see how the canal building boom and resulting urban explosion affected traditional ways of life for this region’s Native Americans.

You can even trace the Underground Railroad’s path along the Erie Canal in our Flight to Freedom exhibit.

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