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National Canal Museum

Address: 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, PA 18042
Phone Number: +1 610-923-3548
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Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Easton
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: Visit the only museum that tells the story of America's coal-carrying canals and how they ignited...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: Visit the only museum that tells the story of America's coal-carrying canals and how they ignited America's Industrial Revolution. Experience hands-on educational exhibitions, extensive historical archives & collections, and the historic locktender's house and garden. You can also take a ride on Pennsylvania's only mule-drawn canal boat ride.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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279 reviews 279 reviews
122 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This museum is great for Canal afficianados. There are two canals in Easton, the Lehigh and Delaware and there was another across the river in New Jersey. This museum does a nice job explaining how canals operated. It also explains the history of the local canals and their impact on the community.

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Dunedin, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was well worth the delay in our trip. We normally leave after breakfast but decided we would like to take a canal boat ride. The museum and rides do not open until 11:30 and the first ride was at noon. Two mules pulled the barge down und up a short section of the canal while a docent gave a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It is somehow invigorating to travel back in time on a canal boat moving 2 mph.The formal museum is small but packed with history and education material.Be sure to read the lifelike mule which stands in the middle of the main room. The beautiful park in which the attraction sits is so green and inviting. Please remember not to feed... More 

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Macungie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a way to spend the day with our parents- that didn't require a lot of walking. The shaded boat ride allowed us to spend the day together, learning about the history of the canal. We packed a nice lunch and had a picnic. The museum has improved since the last time we visited. The kids had... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I never realized how much history there is behind the canal. I had a great time at the National Canal Museum and on the Canal Boat Ride. It was very informational but extremely interesting.

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Schnecksvill, PA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
31 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I took my grand kids on the Canal Boat Excursion. It was very boring for them and they kept asking will it be over soon. The history was interesting, but it is hard to keep young children's attention on this ride. I wasn't real impressed with it, either.

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Confluence, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Visited here during Smithsonian museum 'free' day. Most museums let you into all parts of their museum for free. Not here and their prices are ridiculous! $11.75 for museum and boat ride. Way too expensive. Hours are terrible too. They don't open until noon and Bob, the lock tender volunteer/employee? didn't show until 10 min past opening time and then... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

There is a lot of great history here. Don't forget the Crayloa factory too. The history of how the canals were used was really interesting.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very interesting museum with knowledgeable staff. We did the canal boat tour, visited the lock keeper's house and the museum. During the canal boat tour, the lady gave a fascinating and informative talk about the history of the canal, living and working condition of the canalers and the look keepers, a social history of 19th century canal life. Highly recommended... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I really enjoyed this attraction as part of a joint visit to it and the Crayola Factory. We had three little kids with us who enjoyed most of it but wanted to get to the crayon part, so I couldn't stay as long as I wanted. The miniature scale dioramas were awesome and the history is very well interpreted. I'll... More 

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