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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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Enjoyed the gingerbread house exhibit at Christmas

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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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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25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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60 reviews 60 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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226 reviews 226 reviews
218 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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39 reviews 39 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 

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