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Erie Canal Museum

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Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
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+1 315-471-0593
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Informational and Fun!

Though I grew up in upstate Pennsylvania and traveled to New York frequently, I never had the opportunity to see this wonderful museum! So many informative displays! I absolutely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though I grew up in upstate Pennsylvania and traveled to New York frequently, I never had the opportunity to see this wonderful museum! So many informative displays! I absolutely loved seeing the original weigh lock as well! Multiple rooms to roam through and very informative museum staff. This museum is a must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Erie Canal Museum delights with its boats and other memorabilia. The museum gives one a fascinating perspective on all sorts of societal forces that shaped this community over the years.

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Syracuse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All members of the family will enjoy a visit to the Erie Canal Museum. the docents are friendly and highly informative.

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum. we met friends here with their grand-daughter to see the annual gingerbread house display. While the Holiday houses were clever and well-done, the museum was the real hit. What a local treasure situated where the Canal use to travel through the city of Syracuse. Highly recommended!

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

Thanks so much for your review! We are happy to hear how much you enjoy the Museum, and appreciate the time you took to share your input with others. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here many times. I have gone by myself and with kids and there is always something new to learn. I think the kids really enjoy the ships and the different scenes set up inside the museum. It is also really awesome that after you leave the museum you can walk along the many of the landmarks that... More 

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

Thank you very much for your positive review of the Erie Canal Museum! it's great to hear how much you enjoy the institution. We appreciate your input and look forward to seeing you often! More 

Clear Lake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was kind of difficult to find, mostly because we're not used to cities and the streets did this weird redirecting thing, but once we did find it, it was so cool. We three were the only ones there, as it was REALLY cold outside and a Friday night, when no one's up for learning. The man working there... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and thank you for sharing your review with other travelers. It's great to know that you were able to find us and that you enjoyed the Museum. We hope you visit again if you can! Thanks again. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing museum. The work put together to really showcase the history of the Erie Canal and the amazing contributions that Western New Yorkers put into developing and building the area is very impressive. Originally we didn’t know about the museum so didn’t plan on visiting it but once we came across it and decided to enter we... More 

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Thank you for sharing your impressions of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will stop in again. More 

Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This museum is on the site of the last weigh station from the old Erie Canal, when it ran through downtown Syracuse. Some interesting exhibits, especially the repro of a canal boat. Across the street is a statue of a hogee - the boys who worked the mules and horses who pulled the canal boats. There is also an interesting... More 

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Thanks so much for visiting the Museum and for sharing your impressions and information with other travelers. It's great to know that you enjoyed your experience. Please stop in again! More 

Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Even my two teens enjoyed looking around at all of the history. The back side of the museum is the only remaining weigh house left standing with a full size replica canal boat. So much to see.

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

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and thank you for your positive review! It's great to know that everyone found so much to learn here. We appreciate your feedback a great deal. More 

Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A good experience for children and adults to understand the origin of the Erie Canal, construction process and it's impact along the cities of the canal. Good interactive exhibits and kids will love the actual canal boat. Weigh station is interesting and the origins of the toll system. Admission @$5 is reasonable. Go in December for the annual Gingerbread House... More 

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Thank you for your informative review of the Erie Canal Museum. It's great to know that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will stop in again! More 

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