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C&O Canal National Historical Park and Visitors Museum

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Address: 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502-3052
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+1 301-722-8226
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:30

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Enjoyably educational

The visit occurred due to our arriving early for the Western Scenic RR. I'm glad we did. The museum provided interesting displays. The interactive displays added an extra bit of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lynn R
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Jonesville, North Carolina, United States
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Jonesville, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The visit occurred due to our arriving early for the Western Scenic RR. I'm glad we did. The museum provided interesting displays. The interactive displays added an extra bit of fun and laughter. I would have liked to explore the grounds more but time did not allow. Knowing that this was one of several visiting spots along this 184 mile... More 

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Thank Lynn R
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in town to have lunch with family and stumbled upon this little gem. We enjoyed learning about the history of the canal. We only spent about a half hour going through but you could've stayed longer.

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Ocean View, Delaware
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115 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My last year at work the idea came that I wanted to ride from Pittsburgh to DC using the Great Allegheny Gap and the C&O. The Gap gets high marks for it surface which compared to the C&O is better. I can't really comment on the Museum but will speak to the towpath. I have traveled over the entire C&O... More 

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Tampa, United States
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History all around. This is a great way to teach kids about how the railways worked and moved our country.

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Thank Cindy R
Virginia
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410 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In itself, this seems to be the beginning of the C&O canal, making for good history. The park museum (indoors) wasn't bad but also isn't too impressive. Nearby is the beginning of the walking / bicycle trail along what used to be the canal (portions of which don't really have water). The catch is the neighborhood. Depending on what direction... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It, and just about every other place a visitor would want to go to in Cumberland, was closed on Sunday. The sole exception was Cafe Mark for Sunday brunch, but it too closed after 1pm.

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Thank MWLMunson
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trail is right behind the Fairfield Inn and is quite beautiful. There's several options to meet everyone's interests. Up over the bridge on your left leads to a path along the old railroad tracks which is fun to walk. Fair warning though, there are several bridges marked no trespassing but are not cordoned off in any way. I couldn't... More 

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Annapolis
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93 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

National Park has a great museum to visit and learn about the area and C & O Canal. Fascinating to learn how the boats were built and how families lived on them almost their entire lives. Must visit.

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Thank Ted B
Fairfax County, Virginia
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Worth the stop to gain info on the C&O Canal and Cumberland. Self guiding museum eas good and NPS staff very helpful.

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Winchester, Virginia
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308 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The C&O Canal is very much like the Pony Express. It has a substantial place in history but not many people know much about it. The canal was the Interstate Highway a hundred and fifty years ago! About all we know about canals is "15 miles on the Erie Canal". Take some time to stroll through this museum, you will... More 

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