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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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Educational, interesting stop in NYS canal history.

Really interesting. Revised my understanding of Erie Canal history. Great visuals and knowledgeable staff. Combine this visit with stop at nearby lock(s) and/or Chittenango... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Really interesting. Revised my understanding of Erie Canal history. Great visuals and knowledgeable staff. Combine this visit with stop at nearby lock(s) and/or Chittenango Landing.

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Syracuse, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a well collected interactive display of transportation history, very well presented. The suggested fee is a $5 donation at the door. Several of the displays are interactive. It is the last intact weigh lock building. Children would enjoy this too.

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Utica, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The canal boat is the hit of the show but the entire museum is an interesting look at the history of the Erie Canal. Good place for both children and adults. Excellent place for anyone interested in the history of transportation.

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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 as we add exhibits and conduct events on a regular basis. More 

Syracuse, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you love anything about history, this is the place to be. Lots to learn, inc. a short film about the Erie Canal. An old time store upstairs (has an elevator too). This was a weigh-lock building, where they weighed the boat's loads to tax them. A small garden is outside to see. The weigh lock master's office. Lots to... 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 review and description of the Weighlock Building. We hope you visit often as we add exhibits frequently. Thanks again! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Free, with suggested $5 donation. Started tour on second floor with 12 minute video overview. First floor has interactive displays. Do not do hydraulic display, unless you want to get oil on you. Be sure to visit the display with a life-size canal boat.

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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 apologize for the problems with one of our interactives. This entire exhibit was just installed and we are working to correct problems like this as quickly as possible. We hope you visit again as we add temporary exhibits and conduct programs throughout the year. More 

Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Interesting introduction to the history of the erie canal. Displays are diverse and appropriate for children and adults. Great gift store --- the only other one was in Canastota, NY when cycling east from Syracuse to Schenectady. We spent an enjoyable 1-2 hours at the museum ..... really helped to provide the historical significance of the erie canal in upstate... 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 had time to stop here and appreciate your positive review. We hope you visit again as we add exhibits and conduct programs throughout the year. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Fun but go to lunch at Coleman's to Brooklyn Pickle. Lunch at the Zoo is okay however not great. there are many locations close by to visit.

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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. We hope you visit again! More 

Copiague, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Museum is in the last remaining weighlock building which is a national historic landmark. Tour is self guided & takes about an hour. Nice gift shop.

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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 museum and appreciate your positive review. We hope you visit again as we offer events and temporary exhibits often and are open year-round. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Just happened upon this museum and loved it. Displays were very well done and you can learn a lot the history of the Erie Canal and he weight house in a short amount of time. Take the time to visit if you want to know more about this historic waterway! No fee, but donation accepted-part of the national park system.

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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. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I went there for the first time about 5 years ago to see a friends gingerbread house entry. We saw the amazing gingerbread houses and could not believe how fabulous some of these were. We then went through the entire museum including the big canal barge with a deck and cabin below that can be explored. How cool is that?... 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 look forward to seeing you again. Be sure to walk through our new permanent exhibit that shares 200 years of Erie Canal history. Thanks again! More 

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Additional Information about Erie Canal Museum

Address: Address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone Number: +1 315-471-0593
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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