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Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Niagara History Center and Erie Canal Discovery Center will open their doors free of charge on Sept. 26 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Niagara History Center’s 215 Niagara St. museum complex and the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., both in Lockport, will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on this date.

The five-building Niagara St. site includes the Outwater House (1863), Kandt House (1880), Pioneer/Transportation Building (1900), Washington Hunt Law Office (1835) and reproduction 19th century Yates Barn.

The Erie Canal Discovery Center opened in 2005 as an interactive multi-media facility devoted to the history of the Erie Canal, particularly the building of the Flight of Five locks at Lockport. It is home of Raphael Beck’s mural “The Opening of the Erie Canal” and the Charles Rand Penney Gallery.

“We encourage old and new friends to visit our two sites free of charge on Museum Day Live!” says Melissa Dunlap, Executive Director of the Niagara County Historical Society. “This is the perfect opportunity to see all we have to offer in presenting the history of Niagara County, the City of Lockport and the Erie Canal.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit

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