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Erie Canal Museum

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Address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone Number: +1 315-471-0593
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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Great Little Museum

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the Erie Canal Museum. For a small museum, it is very enjoyable and informative. I saw that there were special sections for the kids, too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the Erie Canal Museum. For a small museum, it is very enjoyable and informative. I saw that there were special sections for the kids, too. The canal is very important in our history here in Syracuse, and I appreciate the effort to inform and entertain.

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haddon Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The museum needs some updating. While it is clean, informational, and has a pleasant atmosphere, there isn't enough interactive displays to keep a young child's attention. My teenagers at least read all the display signs, but if they had been little this would have been agony. There is one that is under construction currently - but that's still not enough.... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very nice museum. I thought I knew what the Eric Canal was about, but I was wrong. Got to see what a real canal boat was like and learned that (1) it wasn't only for cargo and (2) people lived on the boat due to travel time taking days.

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La Crescenta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Nice museum explaining canal history and operation. Site is an original "Weigh Lock" used to actually weigh loaded canal boats with cargo, rather than a regular lock for lifting/lowering boats. Museum is very well put together and very informative. Site is in the original building. Original lock is filled in, but upper wall outline is preserved, with a packet boat... 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! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your thorough and positive review. It's great to read what our visitors learn and what they think about this institution. Thanks again, and please stop in if you visit Syracuse in the future. More 

Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Canal Museum is now about 30 years old and going strong. It is and easy history lesson about the settlement of N. Y. State, the Erie Canal and the movement Westward. The displays are well done, with plenty of audio visual experiences, plus a full scale reproduction of a canal boat.

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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 writing a positive review. We enjoy reading what our visitors learned here, and what they think of the institution It's great to know you had a good experience. If you're in the area in the future please visit again! More 

Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There are a number of "Erie Canal Museums" in the towns up and down the length of the canal, but this is the best one I've ever visited. It really tells the story of how the canal was planned, built, and expanded, as well as provides a view of what life is like along the waterway in its heyday. There... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your review and photos of the Erie Canal Museum. We are happy you enjoyed your experience and grateful for your positive comments and numerous pictures. Thanks also for the parking tips. In addition to on-street parking, the museum has eight free spaces in the state lot across Erie Boulevard East. They have brown signs with the... More 

Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a great museum on the history of Erie Canal, with lots of artifacts and hands-on items to explore. Very educational! We were visiting here from another state, and it was interesting to learn how important the Erie Canal was to this area back in the day. Lots to see and do. There's a small playroom in the museum... More 

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

Thanks for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your positive and informative review. We are planning to spruce up the costumes in the Children's Nook soon, and offer new exhibits and programs frequently. Thank you again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was very interesting and I learned a lot. The museum is a gem and chock full of information about an important history.

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

Thanks for visiting the Erie Canal Museum. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your positive review. We look forward to seeing you again sometime! More 

East Fishkill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

How exciting it was to stand in the same building that was such an important part of the early growth of America. The exhibits give you a glimpse of the past, why and how this area grew to be a major city in New York. Although it is advertised as free, the $5.00 donation is well worth it to stand... 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 your great review! We also appreciate the wonderful pictures you added. Please visit again soon as we add new exhibits and conduct programs often. More 

N Saint Paul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We were traveling from Niagara Falls to Springfield, MA and needed a place to stretch our legs. It was a Saturday so there was no traffic, and the museum was ok. Not sure we would have stopped if it was a week day. My kids know more about the Canal now, so that is good.

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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. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your review. Please stop in again if you are in Central New York again as we add exhibits and conduct programs frequently. More 

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Additional Information about Erie Canal Museum

Address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone Number: +1 315-471-0593
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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