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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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A jewel in the center of Syracuse, New York.

I am a history buff on the Erie Canal and finally learned how they weigh a canal boat in order to charge it for use of the canal. Great history of the construction of the canal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I am a history buff on the Erie Canal and finally learned how they weigh a canal boat in order to charge it for use of the canal. Great history of the construction of the canal.

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Denver, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum that runs off of donations and has some wonderful photos and good information it just seemed like it didn't flow very well. A bit awkward in going through it. It has parking in a big lot under the freeway that looks like it is only for some other group but they have about 20 spaces... More 

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Martinsville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I've visited this museum several times, and it just keeps getting better. They keep adding new and interesting exhibits.

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Liverpool, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lots of interesting exhibits about the canal history and an actual canal boat to go on! Be sure to go during the holidays to see the gingerbread houses!

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Elma, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you are traveling along the NY State Thruway by Syracuse, NY don't miss the Erie Canal Museum at 318 Erie Blvd E. in Syracuse. It is in the only remaining Weigh House left from the Erie Canal days. It is very interactive and you can go on a replica canal boat. Great for kids too.

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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 positive review. Please stop in next time you're in Syracuse as we add exhibits and programs often. Thanks again! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This small museum if focused on the history of the Erie Canal system. Located in the original 'weight lock' in downtown Syracuse. There are several reserved parking spaces across the street under the interstate. Well documented history with some interactive displays. Start with video upstairs, then the Weight building, working back toward the front door. Includes a replica canal 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're glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your comprehensive review. As an educational institution we strive to share Erie Canal information in every part of our campus, including our garden display. Thanks again! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The building in which the museum is located was at one time a "weigh lock." As the boats came down the canal, they would be weighed in order to determine the toll. The museum explains the process of building the canal and its impact on those cities located on the canal. It's definitely worth the time to stop and see... 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 positive review. It's always great to know our visitors' impressions. Please visit again as we add exhibits and programs often. More 

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Nice little Museum. Several exhibits were not available and since the museum is small the lack of those exhibits was big. It was worth the hour we spent there

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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 your review. We are working hard to finalize every aspect of our new introductory exhibit by August 31. We're sorry you didn't get a chance to enjoy the small parts of the exhibit that are no up and running. Thanks again for your review. More 

Finger Lakes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The Erie Canal Museum is chock full of wonderful information about the history of the canal and how it contributed to the growth of Syracuse and other communities along the canal. Unfortunately, the layout of the museum is confusing, and it's hard to get a good understanding of the chronology of the canal. I'd like to see this museum work... 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 review. We are working to make revisions that will help people see every part of the Museum including the Weighlock Building, our most important artifact. The original weigh station is part of this building, and we want to ensure that every visitor gets out to it. Thank you again... More 

Washington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a fascinating museum covering many aspects, technology, geography, social conditions, commerce. It describes the development of Syracuse and the area of the canal. It has moving sections on migration into the area, with excellent data. Everything is very well displayed and explained. The staff are very helpful.

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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 review! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience. Part of our mission is to champion an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history and to promote an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. Our exhibits are all designed for this purpose, and we are happy... More 

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