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Erie Canal Museum

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Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
Phone Number:
+1 315-471-0593
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Very informative and interesting.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank lexie1277
Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting look at the building of the Erie Canal and the events that made it happen. Loved the boat; I am told by friends that the Gingerbread House display every Christmas is awesome.

Thank Karen K
Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Has some interesting exhibits. But packed too much with information and really didn't have fun or enjoy going there. But it has value for people who like a lot of information.

Thank Elizabeth B
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Went here while passing through on business. I was pleasantly surprised at how thorough and informative it was. Two full floors, life size model canal boat, interactive exhibitions, elevator, gift shop, and artifacts all blended well to explain the significance of the Erie Canal in 19th Century America. Admission was a reasonable $5.00. We parked on the street across from... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Looking for a quick stop that's fun? You'll find it here at the Erie Canal Museum. From the stunning murals outside to the genuine, original canal (location and width) with boat in place, to the hands-on opportunity inside, this museum has it all. Now, you could spend significant time reading all the placards and information and come away with a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We walked to this museum from our hotel. It was about a 10 minute walk. It was a nice surprise. We thought it would be a small cheesy museum but it had wonderful artifacts and interactive displays for everyone. We learned a lot about the history of the canal and the area. It was really fun.

Thank Stephanie W
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Much information about the companies that built up along the canal route. A replica of a canal boat. And the interior of the old weigh station reflects interior design of the time. Many interactive displays, including a play area for children. Definitely worth the time to visit !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We were interested in the canal and its history but we did not expect this museum to be so good. Staff were very nice and helpful. The exhibits were interesting and informative and, especially the interactive ones, were fun. Admission was free but voluntary donations were welcomed, so we did that as it was so worthwhile. Best thing in Syracuse!

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

Thank you so much for your positive review of the Erie Canal Museum. We are pleased and proud that you found our institution to be so worthwhile. We strive to do the best for our visitors every day, and appreciate your comments about the Museum and our wonderful staff. If you are in the area again please stop in! More 

Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very good exhibit of the early Eire Canal days of New York State. Also highlight the unique role of Irish immigrants in the building of the canal over eight years. This site could significantly engage explorers to visit other canal sites (36 locks) across the 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo, NY.

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

Thank you for reviewing the Erie Canal Museum. It's great to learn that you enjoyed your visit and shared your impressions with other travelers. We strive to earn that five-star review every day, and appreciate it greatly. We hope to see you again! More 

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