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Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal materials, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history, and promotes an awareness of the Canal’s transforming effects on the past, present and future
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.
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