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Hochul plans immersive Erie Canal bicentennial experience

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Governor Kathy Hochul has revealed plans for an immersive Erie Canal bicentennial experience, “Waterway of Change,” at Buffalo’s Canalside. Set to open in time for the 2025 bicentennial celebration, the experience will be housed in the Longshed Building and will showcase the canal’s rich history through interactive exhibits.


The Longshed, a 2,900-square-foot space, will serve as the starting point for visitors exploring Canalside during the commemoration. The experience will highlight the area’s transformation from the traditional homeland of the Haudenosaunee to a bustling port city, offering multimedia exhibits for all ages and abilities.

In addition to the bicentennial celebration, Buffalo is set to host the World Canals Conference in 2025. The event will bring together canal enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe, showcasing Buffalo’s revitalized waterfront district and its historical significance. With over $400 million in new investments, including hotels, museums, and recreational facilities, Buffalo’s waterfront attracts over a million visitors annually.



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