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National Canal Museum

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Address: 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd, Easton, PA 18042-7120
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Visit the only museum that tells the story of America's coal-carrying...

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.

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School Field Trip

This is a great trip for a school or a family interested in local history!! The canal boat ride was a favorite among the students. I particularly loved the museum.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Stewartsville, New Jersey
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Stewartsville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great trip for a school or a family interested in local history!! The canal boat ride was a favorite among the students. I particularly loved the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A leisurely ride down the canal with a tour guide who was entertaining. Pretty park & a great thing for a family to do together.

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Lopatcong, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

So interesting, great history. Liked Gift Shop. Parking great. Moravian Book Store in Historic Bethlehem has canal books too.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited this museum with 3 kids (2, 7, 9) and all of them had fun. Little one because she liked playground outside and mules, oldest enjoyed all day there. A ride on canal boat pulled by mules was something what impressed them. Big plus is for a lot of informations what we got during a ride. We also liked... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Far away from the screaming machines and people, this venue offers a snail's pace ride. Our sons found it entertaining and were able to recall lots of facts later. They were unaware of heating with coal, transporting via the boat and later the train which runs very close to the Josiah White boat. Delightful day.

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Saylorsburg, Pa Usa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Went during the end of summer. You take a ride on a canal boat pulled by mules. This was the way they carried the coal on the canals. The guide was very informative and answered all your questions. The workers dress in period of time clothes. You can enjoy a picnic in the park and walk around the grounds. There... More 

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East Northport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

You get on a barge that is moved through the canal by mules! The presentation is very informative. I learned about the history of canals, canal families, products that were carried on the barge, how the canal was built and more. The museum is small, interactive. Great for kids and adults too! In addition to exhibits about the canal there... More 

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Warren, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Visited the museum and took the canal boat ride. Definitely worth a visit. You must take the boat ride, as you get a lot of information and history from the guide on the boat. The museum is small. The docent provided good information. Great for all ages.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Did the canal ride and visited the museum. They really bring you back to a time when family was everything.

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

4 adults visited this today and we had a great time. We enjoyed the museum even though we were there when it was downtown several years ago. We really liked the canal boat ride and the docent. Learned a lot from the docent and feel like we got a sense of what it might have been like. Good place to... More 

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