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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
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Ranked #1 of 32 attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Erie Canal Museum, located in downtown Syracuse, is housed in the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, the only structure of its... more » Owner description: 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, a special exhibits gallery, a 12-minute informative movie, 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. « less
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Northern California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Had an afternoon to kill in Syracuse on a business trip. Went to trusty Tripadvisor to find things to see - Erie Canal Museum was recommended. Well, Tripadvisor didn't fail me - this was a FANTASTIC museum. Small (I think I spent 1.5 hours max here) but well laid out. The history / information was presented in easy to understand... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum does an excellent job of providing a "hands-on" history of the Erie canal. It would take about 1-2 hours to see and is engaging for children and adults. I would definitely recommend this museum to families with school age children!

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Syracuse was roughly at the midpoint of the Erie Canal, which linked the waters of Lake Ontario with those of the Hudson River and New York City. One of the great engineering and economic development projects of the nineteenth century, the Erie Canal opened commerce from the Western Frontier. The Museum, located in the heart of downtown Syracuse, across from... More

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Mirabel, Qc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Very nice museum that covers the Erie Canal history and at the same time part of New York State history. The museum shows you a real size "canal boat" called "packet boat" and also shows you how the weight station worked. Many artifacts and explanations about the canal complete the exibits. If you like history, this museum is a must.... More

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Schenectady, NY
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had some time to kill during a work conference so took an afternoon walk over to this place. It's small, but well done. The staff member I chatted with was quite pleasant. I would highly recommend this place to anyone with an hour or two to kill in this part of Syracuse.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The museum is also the Visitor Center. Parking was a challenge. Across the street from the museum is a large parking lot with about 8 spaces reserved for the Visitor Center/Museum. Go into the lot from State Street, drive straight, and look for a small sign. Spaces are marked with brown and white visitor signs. Parking is free in those... More

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Nice museum with something for everyone. You will learn a lot about the history of Syracuse. The staff is very friendly.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

we had visited a few museums on our current trip and found that you had to pay to go into them. Not so this one [though donations were welcome]. It was well laid out, clean and cool. We really enjoyed it. The lady really knew her stuff and the gift shop had nearly everything I wanted... one word Thimbles!!! Great... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I had no idea that the Erie Canal was the life force of the development of the whole region. The pictures of the jammed canal, the simplicity and brilliance of the tolling system, the recreations of the canal boat and the weigh station brought the whole era rushing right back. Exciting and informative. Very friendly staff too.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is listed as the #1 attraction in Syracuse and it is well-earned. Located in the former Weigh House, on the old Canal bed, this provides a very good representation of the life and technology of by-gone days. Friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Well done to the curator. No admittance fee, but a free-will donation is certainly appreciated.

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