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Erie Canal Museum

Address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone Number: +1 315-471-0593
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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 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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Cleveland, OH
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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215 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The museum is undergoing reservation in late 2014 so it may be smaller than usual. however it is an easy quick stop to pick up an important piece of American history. That said it is well worth the stop. Is it big? No Will you be "wowed" No,…. but stop. My takeaway was that the New York, would not be... 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 thanks for your review. Our renovations will be complete in just a few months, and we'll have greatly expanded and up-to-date exhibits. We're planning other exhibits in between, too. We hope you visit again soon. More

Shreveport, Louisiana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enjoyed learning more of the history of the Erie Canal. Interesting visual learning stations and artifacts. Walk through on your own. Building is site of an Erie Canal weigh lock.

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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 the favorable review. Please stop in again! More

Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Erie Canal Museum gives a terrific history of the canal itself, as well as Syracuse, New York State, and 19th century America. Start with the excellent video: it's short and well done, and provides a good orientation. Then spend your time in the canal boat replica, full of well-documented vignettes, facts, and figures about the construction of the canal,... 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 favorable review. Please visit again! More

Upstate New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This museum is a time capsule. It saves one small fraction of the Erie canal and shows what life was like when the canal boats were operating. The building is an old way station that has been modified to a museum. Inside, there is an actual canal boat that you can walk through, and there are exhibits of the life... 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 the experience, and appreciate your positive review. We hope to see you again! More

ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is an actual old weighstation on the Erie canal, converted to a museum. Very interesting exhibits, not overwhelming in size but tells a complete story. Recommended fo adults and families.

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

Thanks so much for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and thanks for your review! We hope you can stop in again. More

Princeton, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

A 2 floor museum that does a great job of educating the public about the Erie Canal. The building itself is the only remaining Canal weighing station that has been transformed into a museum. Best part of museum for me was the walk onto a replica canal boat. Museum staff was lovely also and obviously is passionate about Syracuse's history... 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 happy you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate your positive review. Hope you visit us again! More

Oshawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A small museum but well worth the visit with hands on. My husband and I both enjoyed it. It was very informative.

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

Thanks so much for visiting the Erie Canal Museum. We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and are grateful for the favorable review. Please visit again! More

Mooresville, Indiana, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Really enjoyed this little museum. Good job of describing the history of the canals in the area. Very well done ... would be a good place for families as well.

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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! More

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