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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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History history history the beginnings of Syracuse

this is a great place to see how the Erie Canal started and where it went and some of the ways that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
happylizzie63
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Syracuse, New York
Fantastic stop on our Cycle the Erie Canal trip!

We were cycling across NY on the Erier Canal. When we arrived in Canastota at 11: 35 on a Thursday... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PAMNewJersey
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New Jersey
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Winner of TripAdvisor's 2017 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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a great place to see how the Erie Canal started and where it went and some of the ways that I haven't go on a family day it's wonderful

Thank happylizzie63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were cycling across NY on the Erier Canal. When we arrived in Canastota at 11: 35 on a Thursday morning, the museum was closed. But thanks to the fact that our group of 16 stopped for a group photo and the museum curator, Mr....More

2  Thank PAMNewJersey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Were walking past and thought we would pop in for a quick look, 2 hours later we emerged having had a great lesson on the history of the Erie canal. Well worth the donation they suggest.

1  Thank OldClanEllmes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's small but it has a lot of photographs from the old days and even has a canal boat. I guess this museum used to be a weigh station along the canal so it has all that paraphernalia, too. They have educational videos explaining the...More

1  Thank abrady13057
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing your impressions with other travelers. Part of the Museum was indeed a weigh station for barges during the 19th century, when New York State charged every boat a toll to use the system. This...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we made time to visit the museum during a brief stay in Syracuse. So glad that we did. we left with a MUCH GREATER appreciation, and understanding, of the Erie Canal. Definitely recommend a visit, when in the area.

Thank DragonDad
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking time to visit the Erie Canal Museum while you were in Central New York. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your experience and learned more about the Canal's history and impact. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent presentation of Erie Canal's history. An abundance of period artifacts, including a canal boat! Do go!!

Thank Clifford K
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit to the Erie Canal Museum. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your positive feedback. Do stop by again if you can!

Reviewed 1 September 2017

This museum was chock full of historical information about the Erie Canal, other canals in the NY State system, and their contribution to New York's development. Also interesting were scientific displays about how the canal system worked. Fascinating! There is a $5 suggested donation but...More

Thank Betsy J
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing a review with other travelers. We're glad you enjoyed your experience! Please stop in again soon.

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

A great little museum! I took my 6th grader and I learned so much! Lady who was working was knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Jenn R
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Thank you for sharing a review of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers. It's great to know that you enjoyed your experience and found our staff knowledgeable and helpful. We strive to provide the best service possible every day. Thanks again.

Reviewed 28 August 2017

Great way to learn about the Erie Canal complete with history and story of why the canal was so important to commerce. You get the story about the way the canal boats operated to the way the canal opened up trade to upstate and western...More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Thank you for your visit, and thank you for your review of the Erie Canal Museum. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

All of the other reviews are spot on. Parking on Sunday is not an issue. I parked across the street in the designated spots under the overpass (I just drove around the block until I found entrance to the parking area. This town was DEAD...More

Thank moxiefox
vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and thank you for your review. We appreciate the information on parking. Parking is free in any of the designated spots in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690, and is also free anywhere...More

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Pacita R
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Response from 828TJA | Reviewed this property |
Be aware that the museum is where the canal used to be, but that portion was filled in many many decades ago. As I recall the nearest portion still having water is at least a few miles away. In short, it's a downtown... More
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