The Erie Canal Museum is a historical museum about the Erie Canal located in Syracuse, New York. The museum was founded in 1962 and is a private, non-profit corporation. It is housed in the Syracuse Weighlock Building dating from 1850. The Syracuse Weighlock Building was in operation as a weighlock from 1850 to 1883. In 1883 the canal decided to stop charging tolls. The weighlock building was essentially used as a big, elaborate scale to weigh the boats traveling on the Erie Canal and determine how much each boat would pay for a toll. Today the museum includes not only artifacts from the Erie Canal, but also a gallery of present canal life. It is the mission of the museum to help people to learn the rich history of the Erie Canal and that it is not just a thing of the past, but still very much exists today in different forms.To visit Erie Canal Museum on your trip to Syracuse, use our Syracuse road trip app.
The museum's Weighlock Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Erie Canal Museum Reviews
Every year we go to the Erie Canal Museum to see the gingerbread house exhibits it. All material is made from edible material. Beautiful workmanship. Sine entries are from very young children... more »
the museum provides a thorough history of the Erie Canal. Displays are well organized, exhibits are excellent and the museum is very clean. Staff are excellent, polite, friendly and very helpful more »
Spent a good two hours sauntering round all the exhibits and information boards; could have spent more. Very good, accessible and interactive. We virtually had the place to ourselves as it was early September and the holidays were finished though I imagine it would have been almost as good had it been busier as the attractions are well spaced and laid out.
It was a very good experience. Definitely it worths the time. It's a free museum. Take the elevator when you go to second floor. Take the stairs when you go down. They are both unique. Staff is very friendly and helpful. They should have a bigger place.
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