Syracuse Museums & History

Syracuse Museums & HistorySyracuse has masterfully combined its colorful past to the very modern present day thanks to the impressive museums and historical places that can be found here. The various stories of the people, places and events that have shaped the Syracuse that we know today are all kept alive through the skillful use of interactive exhibits, photographs and various other interesting artifacts that are all vital pieces of the area's past. These museums make discovering history fun, and provide an unmistakeable link from the events of yesterday into tomorrow.

Camillus Erie Canal Park
Camillus Erie Canal Park is the 300-acre park that can be found at the midpoint of the Erie Canal as it travels between Buffalo and Albany. Sim's Store Museum is located on the site, and it serves as a museum within the structure of an actual canal-side store. The museum features several excellent exhibits and pieces that tell the story of the canal and the various challenges that were faced during its construction. While you're here, enjoy a leisurely walk along the seven-mile trail that runs alongside the canal.

Address: 5750 Devoe Road, Camillus, NY 13031 - MAP
Phone: (315) 488-3409
Web: www.eriecanalcamillus.com

The Erie Canal Museum
The Erie Canal Museum traces history back to the mid-1800s when “weigh-lock” buildings were located along the length of the canal, and used to determine the toll that passing boats had to pay to get through the area between Albany and Buffalo. This museum is a National Register Landmark weigh lock building that features several interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations as well as actual artifacts that all tell the detailed story of how tolls were originally calculated.

Address: 318 Erie Blvd E, Rte 5, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 471-0593
Web: www.eriecanalmuseum.org

Everson Museum of Art
Creation is celebrated in many mediums at the Everson Museum of Art. The building itself is an artistic expression of architect I.M. Pei, and when it debuted in 1968, it won kudos for its inventively creative design. Within its walls, visitors find marvelous examples of 19th and 20th century American art as well as an extensive collection of ceramics.

Address: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 474-6064
Web: www.everson.org

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
Science and technology buffs will want to plan to spend a whole day at Syracuse's Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology. This is a very hands-on museum that features five stories of fun and educational experiences that teach visitors about such topics as light and sound, cells and bacteria, and rocks and minerals. The interactive fun is taken to a whole new level with the climbing wall that features a challenging maze. If you need a break, grab a soda or a sandwich at the museum cafe. And don't miss the science-themed feature playing at the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater.

Address: 500 South Franklin Street, Armory Square, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 425-9068
Web: www.most.org

Onondage Historical Association Museum
The Onondaga Historical Association Museum is one of the largest and most respected regional facilities in the area. It has amazing stories to tell, some of which reach back to include over 300 years of natural, cultural, artistic and industrial history that are all presented in a wide variety of exhibits. One of the museum's largest and most popular exhibits is the Underground Railroad exhibit and Syracuse's role in its establishment. Unlike various other museums, this is a non-interactive, “look-don't-touch” facility, so parents with small children are advised to monitor them closely.

Address: 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 428-1864
Web: www.cnyhistory.org

The Salt Museum
Syracuse was once known as “The Salt City” and The Salt Museum tells the story of why. For the first of many historical effects, the museum itself is built of timbers from an actual 19th century salt warehouse. The history of it all unfolds beginning in the mid-1800s when boiling blocks were built to boil salt water and evaporate the brine which left the salt behind. Syracuse is the leader in the production of salt and visitors get a deep sense of that history when they see vintage barrels, kettles, and a full-scale reproduction boiling block.

Address: Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY - MAP
Phone: (315) 453-6712
Web: www.onondagacountyparks.com