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Erie Canal Museum

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Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
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+1 315-471-0593
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Winner of TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence, the Erie Canal...

Winner of TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence, the Erie Canal Museum is housed in the National Register 1850 Weighlock Building, the only structure of its kind in the United States. The unique building where canal cargo was once weighed is the Museum's most important artifact and a centerpiece for interpretation of Erie Canal history. The Museum shows visitors 200 years of Erie Canal history through interactive displays, hands-on exhibits, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. Includes a full-size replica canal boat, exhibits on Erie Canal commerce, communities and everyday life; temporary exhibits and the outdoor Locktender's Garden display. The Museum shop offers historic maps, books for children and adults, T-shirts, Canal-inspired toys and more. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with the exception of major holidays. Free parking in Visitor Center spaces in lot on Erie Boulevard East. The Museum also serves as the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center, providing information, brochures, maps and interpretive signage throughout downtown Syracuse.

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Very nice and interesting. Took us about an hour to look at everything. Has a real canal barge to walk thru. And explains what life was like living/working on the barge. Only had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Binghamton, New York
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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice and interesting. Took us about an hour to look at everything. Has a real canal barge to walk thru. And explains what life was like living/working on the barge. Only had trouble finding a close parking area. Some are by permit only, some for electrical cars only. We did park a few blocks away. Make sure you pay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't believe I live so close and never knew this history. I knew of the Erie Canal but that's it. The museum is excellent. So many pictures and so much history. It is wonderful. What an amazing feat to build that. It changed the landscape of many areas. The original weighlock building is right there to wander through. Just... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My Girl Scout troop and I have been to a couple events held at the museum, and each time they went above and beyond to ensure that the girls had a great time & learned about their local history. It was a lot of fun for me, too!

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East Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great stop if you're a history buff of the Erie Canal, complete with an actual boat from the time period. Kids love walking through it. They do school field trips as well

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Potter County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a ton of fun to dig into their very interactive and many life size exhibits. Really enjoyed examining their maps, including old maps from the early canal days. We loved exploring the life size canal boat and our 9 & 11 yr old daughters had a great time pretending to be canal boat hands. They also loved... More 

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your review of the Erie Canal Museum. It's great to hear how much you and your family enjoyed the experience. Please stop in again any time. We'd love to see you! More 

Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is self guided. You can take as long as you care to reading the informative cards and enjoying the interactive displays. We were a group of four adults and two younger teens. We spent approximately two hours learning local history.

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks very much for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing your review with other travelers. We appreciate it and hope you will stop in again soon! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned stuff that I didn't know before. The collection of artifacts and written materials was superb and gave as good a glimpse as possible in our day and age what living along, working on and traveling on the canal was like. It also delved deeply in the politics surrounding the construction, the construction itself, the subsequent enlargement and the... More 

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing such a positive review with others. It's great to know that you learned so much about this historic inland waterway during your visit. We hope to see you again! More 

Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Though I grew up in upstate Pennsylvania and traveled to New York frequently, I never had the opportunity to see this wonderful museum! So many informative displays! I absolutely loved seeing the original weigh lock as well! Multiple rooms to roam through and very informative museum staff. This museum is a must see!

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Thank you for sharing your review of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers! We're glad you visited and happy to know that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Erie Canal Museum delights with its boats and other memorabilia. The museum gives one a fascinating perspective on all sorts of societal forces that shaped this community over the years.

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Thank you for your review! We appreciate your positive input and are happy to learn that you enjoy bringing other visitors to the Museum. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Syracuse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

All members of the family will enjoy a visit to the Erie Canal Museum. the docents are friendly and highly informative.

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Thank you for sharing your review of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers. We appreciate your comments about our docents a great deal. We hope to see you again! More 

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