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Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
+1 315-471-0593
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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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318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106
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"gingerbread house"
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"weigh house"
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"american history"
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"life size"
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Reviewed yesterday

A good place to go on a wet and chilly day. Very well laid out and extrememly informative. Really glad took the time to go for a visit. Very helpful staff.

Thank Di S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would highly recommend that anyone in town for the tournament take the time to take in this small but very informative museum.The history and importance of the canal is explained in a collection of displays of artifacts and visual and audio displays.The cost of...More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing your review of the Erie Canal Museum with other travelers. It's great fun to meet everyone who is in Syracuse for the USBC Open tournament. We hope the tournament is going well! Thank you again, and please stop in any time...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a lot to know about the history of the Erie Canal, the politics and the physical challenges involved. The economic benefits were surprising, as well as many other things. Not a huge museum, but well put together and interesting. A real river boat/barge...More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope you add us to your list for another visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Backed up with a multitude of old photos this museum is a fascinating look at the industrial revolution from the point of transporting goods.

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope you visit again.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very detailed story of the development of the Erie Canal from idea to completion. Lots of exhibits, photos, maps, etc. Mock up river boat inside the building. There is a small gift shop. Difficult to find where to park, so look for meters on streets...More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing your review with other travelers. Alas, parking can be an issue in an urban setting like ours. We do have eight Museum-designated parking spots in the large lot under Interstate 81 and route 690,...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Finding a parking place is the most difficult part of visiting this museum. The lot across the street, is a permit lot only, but there are about 10 parking slots with a small Erie Canal Museum free parking sigh, by the sculpture of the mule....More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and for sharing a review with other travelers. We're glad you enjoyed it, and hope you will be even happier that the toll house stands on a remnant of the original Erie Canal. While the Canal in...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The Erie Canal Museum is a small museum that documents the amazing history of the building of the Canal and the profound effects that it had on New York City, New York State, and the Mid-West. The museum was well presented and it will probably...More

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum and for sharing your review with other travelers. While there is no actual admission fee, we do appreciate donations and suggest $5 per person. Thanks again. We hope you'll visit in the future as we conduct numerous...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Very neat little place to learn about the Erie canal. You even get to step onto a replica of a boat in what used to be part of the weigh lock on the canal before it was filled in. Would definitely recommend for history buffs.

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your visit and for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the Museum and the weighlock in the 19th century Erie Canal. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

You get to see and walk on the boats. This is a great place to go for home-schooling families as a field trip.

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vickik185, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and for sharing your review with other travelers. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Excellent place to engage with history. After this visit we now understand how the Erie Canal of the 1800’s became the engine for tremendous growth and expansion in the entire U.S. Do take time to watch all 3 short documentary films. Do climb aboard the...More

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Thank you for visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and for sharing such a comprehensive review. We're very glad that you learned a lot, and greatly appreciate your recommendations. We hope to see you in the future!

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Pacita R
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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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