Lockport’s Locks District Museum is located in the Lockport Locks, between the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks and the Erie Barge Canal Locks. The Locks District Museum graphically compares and contrasts the changes in technology between the construction of the 19th Century Erie Canal and the 20th Century Erie Barge Canal.
The story of the Lockport Locks is the use of stone and hand tools in the construction of the Erie Canal, compared to the use of concrete and mechanized equipment in the construction of the Erie Barge Canal.
The Locks District Museum is open seven days a week, from 8 am – 5 pm during the canal season. There is no charge for admission, and groups of up to 20 people can be accommodated at a time. The museum is a self-guided interpretative facility, and is a great starting point for a tour of the Lockport Locks, especially following a visit to the Erie Canal Discovery Center.