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Water/Ways Tour Schedule:

June 29 - August 11
Erie Canal Museum

August 17 - September 29
Aurora on Cayuga

October 5 - November 17
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

November 23 - January 5 
Chapman Museum

ary 11 - February 23
Hudson River Maritime Museum

February 29 - April 11
East Hampton Historical Society

What is Water/Ways?

The Water/Ways exhibition will be hosted by six cities across New York in 2019 and 2020!
Check out a sneak peek here!

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition is an exploration of the connections between human beings and water—focusing on the environment, culture, and history. 

New York State has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Long Island Sound. Over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams flow within our state’s geographical boundaries. These waterbodies supply our drinking water; provide flood control to protect life and property; support recreation, tourism, agriculture, fishing, power generation, and manufacturing; provide habitat for aquatic plant and animal life; and inspire the human imagination.

Water also played a practical role in our state’s history. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns of all of New York’s peoples as a source of food, livelihood, and transportation.

As we celebrate the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal, the Water/Ways exhibition will tell the story of how six communities and their water ways helped New York become the Empire State, how canals and river communities played strategically important roles in the development of our transportation, trade, commerce, industry, and culture, and how our lake shores connect us to other states and our ocean front communities connect us to our nation and peoples around the globe.

Download Our Water/Ways Coloring Book!

Download the App on the Apple App Store

Download the App on Google Play

Support for the New York tour of Water/Ways has been provided in part by:

Are you interested in being a sponsor of Water/Ways
You can reach out to MANY Executive Director, Erika Sanger, for sponsorship opportunities here.

The Folk Art programming for Water/Ways in NY is sponsored by New York Folklore, and supported by grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Initiative, a program of Governor Andrew M Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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