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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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Finally made it here!

This museum is wonderful. Great displays, some interactive. We marveled at this amazing undertaking... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kevin S
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Best museum in the city

The Erie Canal museum is my absolute favorite in SYracuse. Eery time I have visitors I take them to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DeWitt, New York
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Winner of TripAdvisor's 2017 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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  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is wonderful. Great displays, some interactive. We marveled at this amazing undertaking and how hard the work was. I have wanted to go here for years growing up in western NY and now live in Watertown. It did not disappoint. If you love...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Erie Canal museum is my absolute favorite in SYracuse. Eery time I have visitors I take them to this museum. It gives a great overview of how and why the canal was built, and what it meant to Syracuse and New York state.

Thank greycats
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn’t know where to park our car. We asked the one in charge of this museum where we could park our car. She told us that on Saturdays we can park on the other side of the Museum. There is a warning that cars...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you haven't visited the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, you're missing a peak into creation of a historical landmark. From the pictures, to the artifacts, to the replica water vessel, it is amazing and informative. Don't miss it if your planning a visit...More

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 5 yr old granddaughter here on xmas break to see the gingerbread houses--its a lot of fun for both of us, after we went to Clinton square ice rink for skating. lots of info & relics from the past--history of erie canal,...More

Thank Joyce F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was small, but interesting. I would not go out of my way to see the museum, but we were staying right there.

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were on a senior tour when we stopped here to visit the museum. How thrilling! How shameful since we lived in Syracuse and are former Buffalonians and never visit here. We viewed the Locktender's Garden designed by the Syracuse Garden Club....More

Thank MaryannF650
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It doesn't take much time to tour the museum, but you will learn everything there is to know about the canal if you spend some time reading.

Thank exVermonter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this visit to museum. Great pictures of canal being built. A boat to tour so one could see the actual space family's lived on. Nice gift shop friendly staff.

Thank caroll2go
Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and thank you for your positive review. We're glad you had a good experience and will share your comments with our front desk staff members. Thanks again!

Reviewed May 18, 2017

If you want to know how Syracuse got its start, this is an excellent place to start. Good exhibits, nice level of information (didn't dumb everything down to pablum) and we learned a lot about canals.

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing a review of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers! We're glad you visited and especially glad you had a good experience. Please stop in any time you are in Syracuse.

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Pacita R
August 13, 2016|
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Response from 828TJA | Reviewed this property |
Be aware that the museum is where the canal used to be, but that portion was filled in many many decades ago. As I recall the nearest portion still having water is at least a few miles away. In short, it's a downtown... More