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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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First class museum!

They renovated a couple years ago and what an improvement. Laid out very well. This building is a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LaFayette, New York
Great If You Are Interested in the Canal

If you have interest in the Erie Canal this is a great museum. It is house in an original weigh... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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he 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, a full-size replica canal boat, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. 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
318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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Reviewed 4 days ago

They renovated a couple years ago and what an improvement. Laid out very well. This building is a real treasure. Stop in and learn all about the Erie canal and what it was like living on the canal.

Thank ggriffi2
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have interest in the Erie Canal this is a great museum. It is house in an original weigh house that survived the canal being filled in. The exhibitions show the development of the canal from the inception to the present.

Thank InTheMomentManhattan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Erie Canal Museum during the gingerbread house display so admission was mandatory $7 for adults and $3 for children, but the regular museum has a suggested donation of $5. The gingerbread house display was small but really nice. You got to...More

Thank exptraveler2016
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Anyone with interest in the early history of our country should love this place. And it's FREE! (donation suggested)

Thank OldMarcellusGuy
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is not a large museum but it is a very good history of the area and the importance of the Erie Canal in commerce throughout the NE of the US.

Thank srqchick
Reviewed 8 November 2017

First thing to know....the canal itself is closed. I foolishly expected that I'd see a building right next to the water! However, the museum is an incredible look into how the Erie Canal changed life in the U.S. Not only was it an engineering marvel,...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Located on the site of the Erie Canal as it passed through Syracuse, NY. The building is a restored Weigh-lock. We spent 2 hours getting a terrific overview of the history of the Erie Canal. No admission is required, but a $5 donation per person...More

Thank CLS1820
Reviewed 2 October 2017

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 30 September 2017

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 29 September 2017 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
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Pacita R
13 August 2016|
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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