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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
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Ranked #1 of 31 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Grew up in NY, had to learn that song and history of the Erie Canal. This small museum, free except for donations was really well put together. It is housed in an actual weigh station, and it explains with exhibit and multiple media just how the canal worked. I'm betting if one brought grade school age kids, their history lesson... 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 very glad you enjoyed your experience, and greatly appreciate your positive review. We will continue to do our best to make the museum a great resource for anyone interested in history, transportation, engineering, geography and many other topics. More

Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was my favorite of all the places we visited in upstate New York. While it can be a bit of a challenge to find from the interstate, it's well worth the trip. It's not a huge museum, but it's big enough to tell an important story. The introductory film is very well done, and the exhibits do a good... 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 TripAdvisor review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope you visit again! More

Syracuse, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even if you didn't grow up in NY state, the history of its development cannot be mentioned without the canal system. The many artifacts and explanatory plaques are informative and enjoyable. Events there are unique, and often include live music.

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Thanks for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and for your positive review. We appreciate it! More

Sayre, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went here on the spur of the moment after visit Fort Stanwix. Great find. So much so that the following week we made a trip to Lockport NY to take a cruise on the Erie Canal to experience the locks first hand. Great find!

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Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate the positive review. Please visit again! More

Cortland, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I have taken my school classes her, foreign exchange students, and visiting friends and relatives. It is a small museum but chock full of interesting items and ideal for an hour or two. Why not eat at the diner on Montgomery Street or find any restaurant that grabs your eye on Erie Boulevard, which happens to be the Erie canal... More

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your positive review and repeat visits! We hope to see you again. More

Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was riding the bicycle trip on the Erie Canal. The museum in Syracuse was one of our stops. It was a great museum, with a reproduction of a canal boat that "in the day" people would take on the canal. A great experience of life on the canal. Children would also enjoy.

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Dear Yvonne: Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate the positive review. Please visit again if you can. More

Northern California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Dear Steve: Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're very glad you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate the positive review. More

Bangkok, Thailand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate the positive review. More

Ithaca, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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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

Mirabel, Qc
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192 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
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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Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate the positive review. More

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