Erie Canal Museum
Erie Canal Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Erie Canal Museum houses the National Register 1850 Syracuse 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, a full-size replica canal boat, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. The gift shop offers historic maps, books for children and adults, T-shirts, Canal-inspired toys and more. Admission is by reservation with a suggested $10 donation per party. Hours are Monday-Saturday 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Donald K
    Edmonton, Canada1,140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting if you are in the area
    Sort of what you would expect from a small specialty museum. It was worth going to when we stopped while driving by. I learned a few things. Nice to see the real canal where it was when decommissioned. Because the canal was rerouted, the other locations were all upgraded.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Fatemeh A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Erie Canal Museum
    Very nice museum to visit & gain knowledge about history of Erie Canal. I am bicycling the Erie Canal from Albany, NY to Buffalo NY & visiting this museum gave me a lot of information & reasons to finish my biking my trip. I recommend visiting this museum + taking Erie Canal cruise to all ages.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 July 2023
  • J T
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Erie Canal Museum A great experience!
    Great small museum & is definitely worth a stop. Exhibits are well prepared with good pictures of the period & east to read content. The walk through the original hallway out to the lock, scale & boat brought it to reality. The museum host is also delightful & shares his enthusiasm.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • slkuelkd113
    Buffalo, New York125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, interesting museum
    Located in downtown Syracuse - where the Erie Canal once ran (who knew?) - this pleasant museum offers an interesting, detailed look at the Canal's history. Housed in a former "weigh house," where canal boats were weighed and assigned a toll to be collected, the museum includes a replica canal boat that you can walk through. Convenient on-street parking is available right in front of the museum. I really enjoyed my visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • GregT895
    Vancouver, Canada80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    We stopped in here on our way through Syracuse. They have a ton of displays and it's really, really well organized. We thought we'd spend half an hour here but ended up there for 3x that. Staff also very friendly helpful knowledgeable. They ask for a $10 donation but in theory it's optional. Highly recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Rhoda O
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just what we needed
    Went to Syracuse for the eclipse on the 8th and needed a place to sleep before making the long drive home. Stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Not a luxury place by far, but certainly suitable for the night, and very reasonable. We saw the Erie Canal Museum the next day before going home - it was interesting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2024
  • CleopatraBunny
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth an hour of your time right off Clinton Square downtown
    Nicely curated history and artifacts from when the Erie Canal existed in Syracuse. Great for kids with interactive exhibits (a school group was here during my visit). You'll get to go inside an actual canal boat replica to get a sense for size and what it might have been like to travel the canal, learn about how the canal and its lock system, and better understand the role it played in our country's expansion. Small but nice gift shop at the entrance, and chatty and knowledgeable staff just waiting to make sure you get the most out of your visit. There is a recommended "donation" for admission - pay it as it's a really nice collection and so much a part of American history. Don't miss the mule sculpture across the street!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Nicely curated history and artifacts from when the Erie Canal existed in Syracuse. Great for kids with interactive exhibits (a school group was here during my visit). You'll get to go inside an actual canal boat replica to get a sense for size and what it might have been like to travel the canal, learn about how the canal and its lock system, and better understand the role it played in our country's expansion.

Small but nice gift shop at the entrance, and chatty and knowledgeable staff just waiting to make sure you get the most out of your visit. There is a recommended "donation" for admission - pay it as it's a really nice collection and so much a part of American history. Don't miss the mule sculpture across the street!
Written 13 June 2024
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Marc F
Buffalo Grove, IL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was exactly as advertised. Not fancy but exactly what you would expect. Worked for me. The history and artifacts were well done.
Written 7 June 2024
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Rhoda O
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Went to Syracuse for the eclipse on the 8th and needed a place to sleep before making the long drive home. Stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Not a luxury place by far, but certainly suitable for the night, and very reasonable. We saw the Erie Canal Museum the next day before going home - it was interesting.
Written 23 April 2024
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Gretchen F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I used to live in Fairport, New York near the Erie Canal but never knew, until I visited this wonderful museum, how ground-breaking (pun intended) this massive and historic engineering experiment was.
Written 31 January 2024
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GregT895
Vancouver, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We stopped in here on our way through Syracuse. They have a ton of displays and it's really, really well organized. We thought we'd spend half an hour here but ended up there for 3x that. Staff also very friendly helpful knowledgeable. They ask for a $10 donation but in theory it's optional. Highly recommended.
Written 15 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

slkuelkd113
Buffalo, NY125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Located in downtown Syracuse - where the Erie Canal once ran (who knew?) - this pleasant museum offers an interesting, detailed look at the Canal's history. Housed in a former "weigh house," where canal boats were weighed and assigned a toll to be collected, the museum includes a replica canal boat that you can walk through. Convenient on-street parking is available right in front of the museum. I really enjoyed my visit.
Written 23 October 2023
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David C
Montreal, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit, loved the knowledgeable and personable tour guide. Friendly, welcoming staff and interesting exhibits that really tell the story of this historically important canal.
Written 7 October 2023
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J T
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great small museum & is definitely worth a stop. Exhibits are well prepared with good pictures of the period & east to read content. The walk through the original hallway out to the lock, scale & boat brought it to reality. The museum host is also delightful & shares his enthusiasm.
Written 1 August 2023
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Fatemeh A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Very nice museum to visit & gain knowledge about history of Erie Canal. I am bicycling the Erie Canal from Albany, NY to Buffalo NY & visiting this museum gave me a lot of information & reasons to finish my biking my trip. I recommend visiting this museum + taking Erie Canal cruise to all ages.
Written 31 July 2023
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Donald K
Edmonton, Canada1,140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Sort of what you would expect from a small specialty museum. It was worth going to when we stopped while driving by. I learned a few things. Nice to see the real canal where it was when decommissioned. Because the canal was rerouted, the other locations were all upgraded.
Written 24 July 2023
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