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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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Description: The Erie Canal Museum, located in downtown Syracuse, is housed in the...
The Erie Canal Museum, located in downtown Syracuse, is housed in the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, the only structure of its kind in the United States. The unique weighlock building is to this day the Museum's most important artifact and a centerpiece for the interpretation of Erie Canal history. The Museum is dedicated to telling the great American adventure story of the Erie Canal, a story that was a key factor in America's phenomenal growth. The Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming, and promotes an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. The Museum includes a full size canal boat, hands-on interactive exhibits, vignettes about life along the canal and the outdoor Locktender's Garden. The Museum also has a gift shop with Erie Canal books, photos, and gifts. As the first canal museum in New York State, the Erie Canal Museum serves as an entry point and node to the other interpretive centers along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The Erie Canal Museum is also the site of the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center that provides information, brochures, and maps to visitors and includes interpretive signage throughout downtown Syracuse.
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Very well done, worth a visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Montreal
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
40 helpful votes 40 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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 

Syracuse, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Visited the museum to see the Gingerhouse exhibit at Christmas time. The exhibit was well done, and the museum was enjoyable to walk through. The kids enjoyed the canal boat especially.

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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 the Gingerbread Gallery and our Erie Canal exhibits. We are always presenting special exhibits, and plan to open our new introductory exhibit in the spring. We hope to see you again! More 

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