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Augusta Canal Discovery Center

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Address: 1450 Greene St, Suite 400, Augusta, GA 30901-5200 (Formerly Augusta Canal Interpretive Center)
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+1 706-823-0440
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Guided canal boat tours depart daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery...

Guided canal boat tours depart daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, an interactive interpretive museum that tells the history of Augusta's 1845 canal and industrial revolution in the American South. Housed in a 19th century cotton mill. Gift shop on site.

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Nice overview of the canal

We had hoped to go on a canal ride, but due to all the school excursions we couldn't. We walked through the free section of the center and learned a lot about the canal and its... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2016
Laurie F
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Newnan, Georgia
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

I would recommend any visitor to Augusta to try out the canal museum and then take a ride. We signed up for civil war tour and our guide actually combined it with the history tour. It was nice to get out on the water and hear about its history. The boat ride was only $13.00 for an hour ride.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

We had hoped to go on a canal ride, but due to all the school excursions we couldn't. We walked through the free section of the center and learned a lot about the canal and its impact on Augusta.

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The 2 hour afternoon boat tour was great. Learned a lot about Augusta that I didn't know. Employees were courteous.

Thank Keubanks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I spent two interesting hours at this interpretive center that focuses on the Augusta Canal. We found the displays well thought out, interesting and understandable. This center gives a very accurate look at how water power was the key to why the cotton mills located all big the canal and what it was like to work in... More 

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RebeccaBR54, Public Relations Manager at Augusta Canal Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind comments. We know the big old building presents some directional challenges and GPS gets you close, but not to our particular door. I'll pass your comments on to the ticket desk staff. More 

Roseville, California
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a must see while in Augusta. Miss Laney was born a free slave and started the first all black elementary & nursing school. We were there just after the Masters golf tournament & they had a wonderful exhibition of black golfers...

Thank ILove2Travel1944
Hondo, Texas
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Nice museum housed in an old textile mill. Great to get an overview of Augusta's history. Exhibits were interesting and gave information on the history of the textile industry in Augusta.

Thank JCH86
Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

A great place for families. Don't pass on watching the movie. It gives you the background for the Discovery Center. You can touch and feel the exhibits!

Thank BovianM
Thomaston, Georgia
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

We saw the video about the importance of the Augusta Canal, walked through the center, and took a ride on the Augusta Canal. Our guide was excellent and full of information. She answered everything asked of her. I was amazed at her knowledge. We enjoyed the ride seeing the mills and wildlife. The pilot handled the boat very well in... More 

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Spring Valley, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

We went for the river boat tour and it had been cancelled for the day because it had been lightly drizzling. Very disappointed. The old bldg was neat though.

Thank nativeprincess35
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Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Lovely film taking you down history lane of how the canal came into being. Interactive museum shows the life in the south as a child, as a cotton Merchant and how United yet divided at the turn on century.

Thank Sonal p

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