Join us at Lockport's Kenan Center for A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring Works by FB Clench through Sunday, June 6. Curated by Lockport photographer Dennis Stierer and sponsored by the Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation, the event includes photos of Erie Canal scenes by Stierer and 5 other local photographers. The exhibit's centerpiece is the life-size, cast bronze sculpture of Clench, created by artist Susan Geissler, which will become part of the 14-piece Lock Tenders Tribute Monument in the Lockport Locks. The program is funded by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; administered by Arts Services, Inc. Reservations for groups of up to 20 are required, and may be made by calling 716-433-2617.
We are the Lockport Locks Heritage District, and we offer the premier Erie Canal experience on the New York State Canal System. Begin your visit to Lockport, NY at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, immediately adjacent to restored Canal Street, located on the north side of the Lockport Locks.
The Locks Heritage District features the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks, which date back to the 19th Century Enlarged Erie Canal Era. Visitors can enjoy the self-guided Riley's Way walking tour and the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument.
We offer docent-led tours of the Flight of Five, an engineering marvel of its day: the staircase set of five locks that enabled boats to 'sail uphill' over the formidable Niagara Escarpment.
On Saturdays between 11 am – 1 pm come watch our volunteer Fight of Five Lock Tenders manually operate the historic locks!
Saturday visitors also enjoy the Lockport Community Farmer’s Market located next to Lockview Plaza, which operates from 9 am – 2 pm.
Erie Canal Locks 67 through 71 constitute the “Flight of Five” – the largest intact section of the historic Erie Canal still remaining. The reconstruction of Lock 68 was completed in 2019 and is now operational, along with Locks 69 & 70.
Learn about the two generations of Erie Canal that operate today in Lockport, and the changes in technology from the era of the Enlarged Erie Canal Locks to the Erie Barge Canal Locks,
The Museum is open this season only for those going on the Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour due to COVID health and safety precautions.