Erie county and city have a distinct culture, shaped by a history and artistry captured in numerous museums, attractions, and associations.

The Erie Art Museum was established in 1968, though it traces its history back to a pre-1900’s organization called “The Art Club of Erie.”  Housed in the Old Custom House on State Street, the Museum will soon be constructing a bridge-type complex to connect the galleries housed in its main building with those contained in the Annex.

Founded in 1998, the Erie Maritime Museum commemorates the city’s relationship with its Great Lake namesake, celebrating, among other things, the Battle of Lake Erie, which ended up a major victory for US forces in the War of 1812.  Included in the display regarding the war is a replication of Commodore Perry’s flagship, which was used in the battle.

The Goodell Gardens & Homestead
is worth a visitor’s stop.  A stunning botanical garden and arboretum located just outside town in Edinboro, Goodell is a favorite spot for both visitors and locals.  The Gardens are open between May and October.

The Cashier’s House
, an architectural gem of Greek Revivalist style, is a three-storey testament to the city’s artistic elegance, its interiors a time capsule of typical turn-of-the-century Victorian upper-class taste.  This attraction, along with so many others nearby , works to give Erie its sense of self.