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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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Unique and memorable museum

Very interesting and educational experience in one of the only surviving weigh lock buildings in the United States.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Very interesting and educational experience in one of the only surviving weigh lock buildings in the United States.

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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 positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and invite you to visit us again. Our new introductory exhibit, "The Erie Canal: From Idea to Present Day," just opened, and we offer new temporary exhibits and programs frequently. More 

Montreal
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were here on a Sunday morning and spent an hour or so at the museum which was very well done. I really didn't realize how important the canal was, its historical significance and how it impacted on Syracuse and the other towns along the canal. The exhibits were interesting, informative, and fun. The little handbook they give out free... 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 your visit and appreciate your review. Please visit again any time as we add and change exhibits as often as possible. More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This small, free museum really does transport you back to the 19th century! Currently being renovated & enlarged so not all exhibits open at the moment, but still worth an hour or two of your time. The exhibits are interesting, informative and thought provoking. I finally found out why New York is called the Empire State on this visit, a... 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 your visit and appreciate your review. Please visit again any time as we add and change exhibits frequently. More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I found the museum to be interesting and educational, but I'm an adult. The displays and information is pretty static and require a good deal of reading. I don't think it would be good for those under 12 who might be more interested in interactive displays. There isn't a fee but donations are gladly accepted.

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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 sharing your review. We are completing a wonderful new introductory exhibit that includes many interactives that should appeal to younger visitors. One of them is a game that enables visitors to be the "weighmaster" and determine the cost of cargo coming through the weighlock. We hope you visit again and get... More 

Ithaca, NY
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I grew up in upstate New York and being able to view the canal boat, a diving costume and models and photos was very interesting with my then 8 year old daughter. The canal was so important in the history of the development of the country; it seems particularly helpful for young people to reinforce this history with these physical... 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 positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope you visit again. Our new introductory exhibit, "The Erie Canal: From Idea to Present Day," is almost complete and will provide visitors with 200 years of Erie Canal history. Check our website and Facebook page for updates. Thanks again. More 

Barhaven , Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It is worth a visit. Well laid out and full of interesting history. It is being expanded and will soon open an additional wing. Learned a lot about New York State and the canal system. Really excellent and the hostess on duty that day was so welcoming and knowledgeable. She made our visit that much better.

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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 review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again after the opening of our new introductory exhibit, "The Erie Canal: From Idea to Present Day." More 

NeverLand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A small, well maintained volunteer-run museum one should not miss when visiting Syracuse, especially with kids. Did you know it had 83 gates on a distance 580km!? Astonishing engineering even in modern man's eyes.

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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 positive review. We're so glad you enjoyed learning about this part of U.S. history. We are installing a new permanent exhibit which will show visitors 200 years of Erie Canal history from inception to the present day. It should be ready by April or May. We hope you check... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Took our nephews from out of state and this was a great surprise! We all learned a lot and it inspired us to travel to Camillus (about 8 miles) to walk on the canal trail and visit the Simms Store. Kids really enjoyed it!

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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 positive review! We're glad you found the museum so informative, and hope you visit again. We are installing a new permanent exhibit which will show visitors 200 years of Erie Canal history through interactive displays, audio narratives and many cool artifacts. We hope you'll check it out! More 

BALDWINSVILLE
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I'm not a "museum" person, but since I grew up in this part of NYS, I liked this better than most other museums. They touched on just about everything I learned as a kid growing up in Central NY State about the Erie Canal and the boats. They even have a replica of a canal boat that you can walk... 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 and for your TripAdvisor review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope you visit again. More 

New York
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It only takes about 15-20 minutes to take a look around the whole museum, so I do wish they had a little bit more. However, I thought a lot of the stuff they had there to show was fun and interesting! There's one part where you can actually go inside the boat and see what it looked like.

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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. We present special exhibits in our second floor gallery throughout the year, which we hope attract repeat visits. We are also in the process of completing our new introductory exhibit in a huge space that is currently closed. We hope you visit... More 

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