Erie Canal Museum

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse: Hours, Address, Erie Canal Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Erie Canal Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Erie Canal Museum houses the National Register 1850 Syracuse 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, a full-size replica canal boat, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. The gift shop offers historic maps, books for children and adults, T-shirts, Canal-inspired toys and more. Admission is by reservation with a suggested $10 donation per party. Hours are Monday-Saturday 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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William P
Ronkonkoma, NY18 contributions
Informative and helpful.
Oct 2021 • Couples
My wand I visited on Thursday in October. It was awesome. Truly enjoyed the visit. The staff was friendly and informative. Learning so much about the Erie Canal and it’s history. The suggested donation upon our arrival was well worth it. We should never forget what the past has taught us.
Written October 24, 2021
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,184 contributions
Learn the history of the Canal
Aug 2021
Just happened by this place looking for a place for lunch and decided to stop in for a quick look. The first floor has a nice history of the Erie Canal with some artifacts, an Erie Canal boat and a small garden outside. It also houses the historic 1850 Weighlock Building and contains exhibits about the financing of the Canal, the function and operation of the Syracuse Weighlock, and Syracuse-specific topics, such as folk musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten.

The second floor has a children's are and exhibits replicating a Erie Canal town including shops, bars, theatre, etc.

Overall, there was more here that I expected and enjoyed the exhibits for their variety and depth of info. I nice place to learn about the history of the Erie Canal.
Written October 11, 2021
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jfadds
chicago4,704 contributions
The full story of the canal laid out
Oct 2021 • Couples
How did they ever pull this off over 200 years ago?
An amazing engineering achievement to consider.
The whole story is well explained here from start to heyday to its demise
Written October 6, 2021
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC227 contributions
Learn What's Missing in Modern Syracuse
Aug 2021
We stopped by this museum on our first full day in Syracuse and it opened our eyes to what you don't see when you visit - the canal that used to run through the heart of downtown and made the city what it was before the railroads. The museum boasts informative graphics, a historic canal boat, and historical information in a historic weigh lock for the canal ( we didn't even realize the historic nature of the building until we went in). I would definitely recommend the museum for folks getting to know the early years of Syracuse and the contributions of the canal.

Admission is by donation, though they suggest a more than reasonable $10. Give what you can to help!
Written September 13, 2021
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Reisiger1223
Alexandria, VA485 contributions
Wonderful Museum!
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a great museum, whether you’ve just heard of the Erie Canal or are a canal aficionado. There are multiple exhibits explaining the history of this fascinating waterway. Kids will surely enjoy the replica packet boat resting in what was the building’s weight scale. Definitely add to your itinerary.
Written August 18, 2021
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Amy Jo C
3 contributions
So Much History!
Jul 2021
It was a great museum. We checked it out during our trip during the expo and weren't disappointed. So much history!
Written July 31, 2021
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Jennifer B
State College, PA37 contributions
Great little museum
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great little museum about the history of the Erie Canal and the city of Syracuse. Exhibits for kids too. Only complaint there was only one kind gentleman working at the front desk. Group of kids running around the museum and getting into exhibits. Otherwise it would have been a perfect visit.
Written July 28, 2021
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didi15
Closter, New Jersey55 contributions
A Gem - Not to be missed!
Jul 2021 • Couples
I absolutely loved this museum. I learned so much about the history of the Erie Canal through very interesting and informative displays and short films. Kathleen, the woman who works at the front desk, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, not just about the museum, but also about sites of interest in the area. I highly recommend a visit to this museum if you are in town.
Written July 25, 2021
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Lisa A
7 contributions
Great history on the Eric Canal
Jul 2021
If you are in the Syracuse area. Please visit this wonderful museum . It tell the history of how the Eric Canal was built and the work that when into building the Canal.
Written July 2, 2021
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ISyzigi
New York City, NY124 contributions
Not just for kids
Jun 2021 • Couples
Learning the fascinating history of the canal and its impact on upstate towns like Rochester, Syracuse and Utica was made enjoyable by the indefatigable energy of docent Kathleen, a fount of information and enthusiasm. The unique historical weighlock structure was incredible. The interactive exhibits, models, manuscripts and musical instruments rounded out the visit. Well worth a visit and not just for kids!
Written June 24, 2021
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