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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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canal history

if you have an interest in the erie canal this is another piece of the puzzle in upstate new York...great overview of the building of canal which led to new York states and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mark D
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if you have an interest in the erie canal this is another piece of the puzzle in upstate new York...great overview of the building of canal which led to new York states and Americas growth...and you can walk on a real canal boat...very nice

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Erie Canal was an engineering wonder and changed the history and economy of New York. It also made it possible for thousands of immigrants to reach the Midwest. The museum traces the history of the canal and shows you how it worked. And you get to climb onto a real canal boat.

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Belmont, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice little museum. No set admission fee, but they do ask for donations. Multi-level museum. You get to walk onto an old canal boat and get a sense of what it would have been like. Unfortunately, some of the exhibits weren't functioning. An okay way to spend about an hour or so.

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're not interested in the Erie Canal don't go, it's all about the Erie Canal, now there's a surprise. It's set up mainly for school trips to educate the little darlings into the importance the canal places in the development of their x-boxes and play stations. As a collection the exhibits are put together well and there's something to... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was in the area over the weekend looking for some things to do, and since I enjoy specialty museums I checked this place out. Perfect location in what is apparently the only remaining weighhouse building in the world; I commend the people who fought to preserve the building and prevent its destruction in the name of "progress". There are... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great little museum...would have loved to listen to all the exhibits we passed by. Several had outdated hand held phones where only one at a time could hear. It would have been real good to have listened to Ms. Cotton playing the guitar. No button to push, etc. All in all, a lot of reading and wonderful pictures. Still worth... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a weighlock building used for the collection of tolls and inspection of boats and barges in the old day. We learned so much about the history and design of the Erie Canal. The children had fun playing dress-up and the hands-on exhibits.

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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is interesting for kids and adults alike! Great history of the canal system and explanation of how they function. They even have a canal boat to explore. The exhibits are great and I know they they are continually adding new exhibits. Great small gift shop too!

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

Thank you for visiting the Museum and for your positive review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Please stop in again! More 

Binghamton, New York
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

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

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate the information you shared with other travelers. Parking can be a challenge on weekdays, to be sure. On the plus side the lot across Erie Boulevard East under routes 81 and 690 is totally free on the weekend. Thank you again for your visit! More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 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 

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

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing your impressions with other travelers. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and greatly appreciate your positive review. We hope you will stop in again soon! More 

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