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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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Neat piece of NY history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 

Montgomery, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

For the casual visitor with a passing interest in the canal a 30-45 minute visit should be ample. I enjoyed the information panels on the canal boat and the interactive display on weighing and charging boats was fun to do for a few minutes. Other reviews indicate that the museum is being renovated - I didn't notice that during my... 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 taking time to write a review. Feedback from visitors is very important to our efforts. We are indeed in the midst of a major renovation of our visitor center which adjoins the 1850 Weighlock Building that houses our replica canal boat and many other exhibits. It may not have been... More 

Wheaton, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was a nice small museum and gives alot of local history. The museum was not free as the attendant asked us for $5.00 for each person in our group. It is a nice place for families as the canal boat gives a place for the kids to enjoy. It didnot take our group more than 45 minutes to read... 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. I am sorry for the confusion about the fees. During the holidays we have a special gingerbread exhibit that is also a fundraiser, and we charge a fee to view that exhibit. Some of our exhibit space is also inaccessible because it is being renovated. Once the renovation is complete this spring we... More 

Syracuse, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Erie Canal Museum is a nice stop to see a little history of the Erie Canal and how it shaped the growth of Syracuse.

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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 we're grateful for your positive review. Please stop by again! More 

Cleveland, OH
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great little museum. 45 minutes was perfect for a visit. particularly interesting if you are a history buff or canal enthusiast - possibly less so if neither of those apply. It's free but please consider making a donation. Places like these are few and need to be supported!

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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 had a good experience, and appreciate the positive review. We have some exciting exhibits planned for the winter months and hope you visit again. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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235 reviews 235 reviews
228 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Good place to get familiar with the history of the region. Not very interactive or entertaining, but quite informative (also, free). Pro tip: make sure to have some change or card that would be accepted by street parting, it would be less expensive than other parking options in the area. If you are not huge history lover, one hour should... 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 experience and appreciate your positive review. Please visit again soon! More 

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