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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
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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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Great Living Museum

The ORIGINAL: Erie Canal, lock gates, canal boat, cool interactive exhibits (brand new in the last year!), movies, slide shows, how a lock actually raises the boats exhibit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ORIGINAL: Erie Canal, lock gates, canal boat, cool interactive exhibits (brand new in the last year!), movies, slide shows, how a lock actually raises the boats exhibit, book/gift/chochkies store.

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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 posting a review. We appreciate your positive and informative comments, and hope to see you again soon as we add new programs and exhibits often. More 

New York City, New York
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95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a must see to understand the history of Syracuse. The museum is well organized and and original. It contains historical material not to be found elsewhere. You learn not only about the canal but the city itself. The museum is small and can be visited in about one hour. It is a must see in any visit 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 positive and informative review. We hope you visit in the future as we add new exhibits and programs often. Thanks again. More 

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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We drove an hour to this museum after reading the raving reviews. We were glad that we made this trip! My husband, who doesn't enjoy museums that much, truly had a great time. Very interesting exhibits.

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1 Thank Fraidy G
Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for traveling to visit the Erie Canal Museum! We are glad you and your husband had a good experience and we appreciate your positive review of our institution and exhibits. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Camillus, New York
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Great little museum with lots of good information on the Erie Canal. Made our annual trip to see the gingerbread exhibit. Grandkids enjoy voting for their favorite gingerbread house.

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

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum this year and in previous years. We are glad you and your grandchildren enjoyed this visit and we appreciate your positive review. We hope to see you again soon as we add new exhibits and programs often. More 

Fabius, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Lets face it, how much history about the Erie Canal is there? We did the whole museum in 30 minutes and the $12 pp price tag was way too high. I would prefer it be $7 and then ask for additional donations. There are a couple (like 3) interaction features and the boat is fun to walk through. Other than... 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 sorry to read that your experience was less than you expected. For clarification, the only thing we charge for is the Gingerbread Gallery during the holidays, and visitors do not have to go to that gallery if they choose. Admission to the rest of the Museum, which includes the exterior Locktender's... More 

Utica, New York
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

This place has really stepped it up in quality of exhibits over the past few years. Self guided tour and you can see all in about an hour or a little longer. The really unique aspect is the building itself. The only remaining original weighlock building from the Erie Canal. Well worth the stop.

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Thank RunForristRun
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 comments about our exhibits. Please visit again soon! We are already planning a number of new exhibits and programs for 2016. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Do not pass up the opportunity to drop in on this lovingly curated gem of a museum! My husband and I first discovered the Erie Canal Museum thirty years ago and in the past five years have visited three times. "I've Got a Mule and her name is Sal" is a lyric to the song we both grew up singing... 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 thank you for such a positive and comprehensive review! We look forward to seeing you next year and will work on your requests for our shop. Have a happy and peaceful holiday season. More 

New York
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68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The museum has really come a long way over the years. My friend and I had a great time perusing the exhibits.

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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. Please stop in again soon as we add new programs and exhibits often. More 

Reno
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211 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This museum has street parking so can be hard to find, I went here on a Sunday so parking was available. The museum has a lot of interesting information about the Erie Canal, it’s founding, lengthening and widening. The museum is the actual weight house, where weight was added or removed to navigate through the locks of the canal. They... 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 all the information you shared.There are eight free parking spots for our museum in the lot under the highway across the street. Each one has a brown sign with the words "Visitor Center Parking" on it. On the weekends the entire lot is free.... More 

Syracuse, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This historic building and museum is a gem in downtown Syracuse. This museum is a piece of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the history provided ties together the canal system with other historic markers across the state, making this not just a single stop. The museum presents its history in relevant, interesting, and authentic details, and the staff... More 

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

Thanks so much for sharing a review of the Erie Canal Museum. We appreciate your positive comments and invite you to stop in again soon as we add new exhibits and programs regularly. More 

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