Erie Canal Museum
The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse, is the nation’s premier maritime museum specializing in Erie Canal history. The museum is housed in the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building – where canal boats were weighed to assess a toll – and is the only remaining structure of its kind in America. Within its walls, visitors learn how and why the Erie Canal was built, how a weigh station operated, and discover how the Erie Canal affected industrial development, trade, and frontier settlement.
A treasure of artifacts, maps, and images tell the story of Erie Canal construction and canal life.
• Climb aboard the Frank B. Thomson, a full-size replica canal boat.
• Stroll the Locktender’s Garden.
• Visit the “Penny Postcard Arcade.”
• Discover Syracuse history and all that makes the “Salt City” unique.
• Browse the museum shop.
• Explore canal history as a Towpath Detective.
• Children’s interactive gallery includes “book nook” and puppet theater.
Museum Hours: Open year-round, Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Also home to the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitors Center. Free admission.
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Your shopping donation will support our mission to research, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the artifacts, photos, and memories that bring our Erie Canal heritage to life. With your support, we will continue to educate, explore and inspire!