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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Winner of TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence, the Erie Canal...

Winner of TripAdvisor's 2015 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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Nice piece of history

Stopped with my wife as we headed across New York. Parking was a bit challenging, but friendly staff. Displays were good and well done. There is no charge, but request a five... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
William F
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Coralville
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Monroe
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57 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love New York State history. We are very fortunate that this building was saved. The Erie Canal Museum is worth seeing. Unfortunately we had difficulty finding it even with the GPS. It is very close to the highway and kind of blends in with some small businesses in the area. Parking is difficult and limited close by. Better to... More 

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Coralville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped with my wife as we headed across New York. Parking was a bit challenging, but friendly staff. Displays were good and well done. There is no charge, but request a five dollar donation. Would recommend for a unique look at canal history

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for making the Erie Canal Museum part of your trip through New York. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your review. We hope that you visit again! More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do when visiting syracuse. It is free which is always nice, but it has great history and it is really fun place to take pictures and have a family day out.

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1 Thank jsvtorres
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 positive review. Please stop in again if you are in the area! More 

Mid-Atlantic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A well curated and informative museum experience. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the museum property is well maintained. This is a must for anyone interested in peering into the city of Syracuse's formative years, and learning about a pivotal period in New York State history.

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2 Thank GinaleeS
Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to the Erie Canal Museum. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your helpful review. We hope you stop in again as we add new exhibits and programs often. Thanks again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got the recommendation from this site to visit the Erie canal museum. We have 5 children under 9yrs old, so sometimes things can get a bit pricey, this place was FREE!! and was very educational and hands on. We could even walk on a child like size boat and experience what it is like to ride on the Erie... 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 for sharing your review with other travelers. We're happy you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you again! More 

Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to Syracuse specifically to come to this museum. It did not disappoint although there was little information on building the canal but a lot on its operation, including a replica of a canal boat for passengers. The person working at the entrance desk (Leah) was so friendly and helpful. She made the trip worth wile.

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1 Thank dmount2001
Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for making the trip to Syracuse to see the Erie Canal Museum. We are thrilled that you were please with our institution. We aim to make all visitor experiences positive, and are grateful for your review and happy you enjoyed your visit. More 

Beverly Hills, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is housed in a unique historic building tied to the Erie Canal. Like most people I am not an Erie Canal aficionado, and I remember little about it from history. This simple museum does a great job of telling the history and the incredible importance the Erie Canal, and other canals in the US, played in the positive... More 

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your positive and thorough review of the Erie Canal Museum. We are happy you enjoyed your experience and appreciate the details you shared with other travelers. Please visit again! More 

maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Housed in the last remaining weighstation building on the Erie Canal this museum offers a comprehensive history of one of 19th century America's greatest engineering feats. We stopped in Syracuse and spent an hour at this delightful little museum. The admission price of $5.00 was money well-spent. The short (@12 minute)film sets the stage for the exhibits and the difficulty... More 

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive review of the Erie Canal Museum! We are glad you visited and enjoyed your experience. The$5 admission is just a suggestion as admission is actually free. Sorry if there was confusion about that. Thanks again! More 

Middlesex, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Learn about the history and topography of the Erie Canal through interactive exhibits. Audio guides are worth the investment.

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Museum. We are grateful for your positive review and glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The highlights of the museum are a canal barge that visitors can walk through to get a feeling of what travel was like on the canal and the building itself, which is the last remaining weighstation on the Erie Canal. Excellent mix of modern technology - there are audio clips so visitors can hear opinions & experiences from people involved... More 

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Vicki K, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive and positive review of the Erie Canal Museum! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again. More 

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