About Us

The Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry began to define its mission in 1997. In 1998, Edith and Nelson Delavan acquired a building at 87-89 Fall Street and founded the Museum. The entire building needed extensive renovation, inside and out, and required the work of numerous professionals to bring it up to code. All three floors are refurbished with an elevator to link them all together.

visitors centerVisitors Center
The Heritage Area Visitor Center (established 1990) collocated with the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry at 89 Fall Street in 2010.  It became the Seneca Falls Visitor Center and provides a unique experience for all ages showcasing the historical development of Seneca Falls and the Women’s Rights Movement. The Seneca Falls Visitor Center and Seneca Museum serve over 18,000 visitors a year!

The Visitor Center serves as an orientation point for your visit to Seneca Falls and your travel onward. You will also find a wide variety of travel brochures and information about attractions in-and-around Seneca Falls. You will find friendly staff to answer questions, provide referrals, and share a wealth of knowledge about the current and historical Seneca Falls. The Seneca Falls Visitor Center also offers videos highlighting regional Finger lakes attractions and also rare footage of Seneca Falls in 1911.
Through the doors at the Seneca Museum

Vision and Mission Statement

The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry will be the gateway to the community, providing interactive and engaging experiences for all visitors.
The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry is dedicated to captivating and educating audiences of all ages with the village’s rich industrial and waterways industry


Passport to Your National ParkErie Canalway Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry has been chosen to be an Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Passport to Your National Park site/program.  We were one of only sixteen cultural heritage sites chosen to participate in the program. As a participant in this program, we will be offering visitors free cancellation stamps.   Bring your National Park Passport Book to the museum to record your experience and receive your “free” cancellation stamp.  New Passport Books will be available for purchase by the end of June.
Millions of people participate each year in visiting hundreds of national parks and NPS affiliated areas nationwide and recording their experiences with the free cancellation stamps. Passport to Your National Parks © is coordinated by Eastern National, a National Park Service partner, in cooperation with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “Collecting passport stamps will encourage people to visit multiple sites, each one telling a different part of the canal story. By linking sites along the Erie Canalway, the passport program offers visitors a more complete experience and memories to last a lifetime,” explained Lori Solomon-Duell, Director of Heritage Tourism.