Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse (must see)

The building that today houses the Erie Canal Museum was used by the New York State Department of Public Works until 1954. In 1956 the building was to be given to the New York State Department of Education, but the governor vetoed this proposal, believing that the building might stand in the way of a future highway interchange. After intense lobbying from the Junior League of Syracuse, the building was given to local authorities under the condition that it house a “public canal museum”. This is how in 1962 the Erie Canal Museum came into existence and the last remaining Weighlock Building in America was preserved. The museum is visited every year by thousands of people from all around the world. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on official holidays.

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Erie Canal Museum on Map

Sight Name: Erie Canal Museum
Sight Location: Syracuse, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Syracuse Museums and Art Galleries Tour   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Syracuse, New York

Create Your Own Walk in Syracuse

Create Your Own Walk in Syracuse

Creating your own self-guided walk in Syracuse is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Syracuse Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Syracuse Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Syracuse has a storied history, which you can learn about by visiting the city's many museums and art galleries. Syracuse has served and continues to serve an important role in shaping the culture of central New York. Take this tour to explore the history and art of this beautiful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Syracuse Cultural Tour

Syracuse Cultural Tour

Syracuse is a city with a long history and a well-established culture. In order to get acquainted with and understand a city and its residents, it is important to visit some of its cultural institutions. Syracuse has many theaters, cinemas, and art galleries for you to explore. Take this tour to discover the city's vibrant cultural scene.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Syracuse Nightlife Tour

Syracuse Nightlife Tour

Syracuse has an active nightlife, and there are many clubs, lounges, bars and pubs where you can go to relax, have a drink, listen to music, and dance. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit some of the best entertainment venues and hot spots in Syracuse.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Syracuse Landmarks Tour

Syracuse Landmarks Tour

The area where the city of Syracuse today stands was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century. Over the years, the city has grown rapidly, as it is located on the Erie Canal and at the junction of several major highways and railroad lines. The city has many well-preserved buildings that represent a variety of architectural styles. Take this tour to visit some of the most interesting landmarks in Syracuse.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Syracuse, NY is home to a number of historic and cultural attractions. Among them the most notable are the Erie Canal Museum, housed in the last remaining 1850 Weighlock Building in America, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, and the opulent 1920s Landmark Theatre hosting Broadway hits and concerts. To see these and other distinguished sights of Syracuse, follow this orientation walk and have a great time!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Syracuse Churches and Cathedrals Tour

Syracuse Churches and Cathedrals Tour

Syracuse is a melting pot of religious traditions and beliefs, which is reflected in the city's religious architecture. Take this tour to visit some of Syracuse's most impressive churches and cathedrals and learn more about the spiritual life of Syracuse residents.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km