Erie Canal Museum

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3154710593
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Specialty Museums

The Erie Canal Museum aims at the preservation of the only existing weighlock building in whole of United States. The museum has been collecting and preserving Canal material over the years. They even work on educating visitors and making them aware of the history of Erie Canal and how the Canal has had long-lasting effects, spanning over the past, as well as, in the future. The exhibits are all rich in knowledge and information for every kind of visitor, along with publications and interactive tools for children to get a better understanding. Indeed, a unique experience for every one!

  • Admission to the Museum is by Donation. A 5 USD suggested donation is greatly appreciated.

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  • Erie Canal Museum Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202, United States
  • Erie Canal Museum Contact Number: +1-3154710593
  • Erie Canal Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Erie Canal Museum Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Erie Canal Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Erie Canal Museum: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Syracuse include Erie Canal Museum in their plan

  • 68.63% of people start their Erie Canal Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Erie Canal Museum

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

90.74% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Erie Canal Museum

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  • The Erie Canal was an amazing engineering feat. Most Americans have heard of the canal, but few know much about it. If brushing up on your history and discovering new facts is something you enjoy, then you need to visit the Erie Canal Museum. This Museum, located in Syracuse, is dedicated to the historical education on the building and use of this waterway, which measured more than 360 miles in length and help transform the New York economy. You get to learn about the pain and strain that went into building the canal. You get to learn about the canal’s function for transportation. You learn how the canal helped to generate new business and how it helped place the state of New York on the path toward greater prosperity. The exhibits at the museum are informative and one of the most interesting is the packet boat. It is a reproduction of one of the actual boats used on the canal and guests can walk on board the boat and get a feel for what life was like for those who used the Erie Canal for transportation purposes. The canal was not that wide, so boats were limited in size. There are more interactive exhibits to be found throughout the museum. Parking is somewhat of an issue here, since there are no directly adjacent parking lots for the museum. However, there are parking lots in the vicinity- you just have to look for them. The spaces intended for guest are labeled as visitor center parking. I ended up parking on the street and walking inside. It was relatively inexpensive to park and considering there is no entrance fee for the museum, this is a small thing to ask. The Erie Canal Museum is housed in the Syracuse Weighlock building, which adds to its authenticity and enjoyment. This was one of the actual places where boats on the canal would pass through, to check their weight and determine their toll. It’s all very interesting and a place I recommend visiting. Even if your interest is only moderate, you will come away knowing more than you did before.

  • The Building, & its Contents are "Museum Quality"! The building housing the Museum was built in 1849-- and was used to weigh vessels in order to determine the applicable fee/toll for using the Canal. When the fees were abolished, the building was vacant until 1962 when it was converted, over a period to the present into the Museum [by local residents]. The collection includes a full size (reconstructed 50 foot bat as well as about 50,000 diverse and interesting items related to the Erie (and other) canal(s). Its definitely worthy of a visit. A donation ($5.00 is recommended) can be made upon entry. I hope that this Review was helpful.

  • I was looking for something to do when I had some free time in Syracuse, and found the this Museum online. It's free with a suggested $5 donation which I was happy to give. It was larger and more comprehensive than I had expected. I was glad I went there. They even provide free parking.

  • the Erie Canal is an interesting place in history that has no boundaries. They used to carry all the shipments from New York City to Binghamton, to Rochester to Syracuse and up to Buffalo and do that trip. It was a tough time and it deserves a museum.

  • Very cool place with lots to do and see

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