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“Museum is great for kids”

National Canal Museum
Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in Easton
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 29, 2010

The National Canal Museum is a great museum for kids. There are plenty of hands on exhibits so that they can understand the physics of water and weight and how it lead to the development of the canal systems in the early 1800s in the United States, There is a complete canal system in the hands on exhibit, Waterworks. Here each person gets a toy canal boat and takes it through a series of locks and dams over a mountain to deliver a load. Be prepared to get wet and learn.

For a 'National' museum, there is very little in the way of artifacts and photos. There is not much on the history of the rise and fall of the canal systems in the United States.

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Reviewed February 16, 2009

The National Canal Museum is located on the 3rd floor of the Rivers Landing building. Admission is included with the Crayola Factory on the 2nd floor. It is dedicated to the history of canal transportation in the Lehigh Valley area before the advent of the railroad. It is kid friendly and supplements your visit to Crayola. In one room is an exhibit where kids can move a boat along a canal and see how the locks work to raise or lower the boats. When you walk in, a worker asks the kids to wash their hands first (presumably from the crayons they were playing with). However, there is no sign at the entrance so most people were simply walking over to the exhibit and had to be stopped first because no one realized this. In the main room there are other exhibits which are educational and demonstrate various facets of working on the canals. It's not worth a special trip here but is something else to do if you are already planning on visiting Crayola.

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