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Erie Maritime Museum

150 East Front St., Erie, PA
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Ranked #7 of 21 attractions in Erie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Multimedia exhibits and a 19th century U.S. Flagship are featured at this museum.
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Morrisville, Vermont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great place to visit. Having an interest in the war of 1812, I had to stop here. The brig Niagara was not in at the time which was a great disappointment to me. However, it is an incredible museum and we'll worth visiting. The War of 1812 on Lake Ontario with Perry was very well covered with interesting exhibits. My... More

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Massillon, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was our 1st visit to the museum. When we visited, the Niagra ship was not there at the time, so we were not able to tour it. I feel that charging $10 for an adult and $5 for children was a lot when we weren't even able to see the ship. I feel that if you are unable to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was my third visit to the museum and Flag Ship Niagara - and each time I see more, learn more, and appreciate more the work of Daniel Dobbins and Commodore Perry and those who have preserved their legacy. The museum catches the essence of the Battle of Lake Erie and includes artifacts, displays, and videos. Of course, there is... More

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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A well-done museum. There are videos (~10 minutes; press a button to start), a lot of "poster" exhibits, a nice push-button-light-up board with the timeline of the War of 1812, some real artifacts and some well-done reproductions. There's a lot to read (children might not be enthralled). If the brig Niagara is in port a docent will take you on... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The museum exhibits were nicely done. Easy to read and following along. There are two floors to this small museum. Including the museum and the US Brig Niagara tall ship, it took us 3 hours to view everything. The US Niagara ship was in port so we were able to go on deck and below deck. There is a docent... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is not only a unique museum, but it is the home of the Flag Ship Niagara. This replica sailing ship contains some actual pieces of wood and hardware from the original Niagara, that helped defeat the British on Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. This is your chance to explore some real living history.

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Chicago Suburbs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Main attraction is the brig Niagara. Tours of the ship are available and very interesting. She is berthed at the museum when not touring the Great Lakes. The museum itself is modest in size and focused on the maritime history of Lake Erie and the Battle of Lake Erie, specifically. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This museum was mostly about the Brig and the battle of 1812 on Lake Erie, it was interesting and so was the guided tour of the Brig, but I'm not sure it would interest younger children.

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

nice history lesson, a lot of history on the lake a great tall sail boat is moored there. behind the building is a company that refurbishes lake freighters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We take our 7th grade students here every year as part of the curriculum. If you get the right guide, it's a pretty good time. Very informative. Sometimes the Niagara is parked out back and you can head aboard.

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