National Canal Museum
& Hugh Moore Historical Park
Learn about America’s Canal Age. The National Canal Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals. The museum occupies the first floor of the Elaine and Peter Emrick Technology Center in Hugh Moore Park, a 520-acre City of Easton park nestled between the Lehigh Canal and Lehigh River.
The National Canal Museum interprets the history and culture of canals as well as the science and technology behind their building, through exhibits and hands-on activities. Children and adults can harness a mule, steer a canal boat, and engage in activities that help them learn how canals were built.
The museum has an outstanding collection of scale model canal boats and tools used in the boat-building business. There is also a water table where visitors young and old can build their own canal system, and exhibits interpreting canal life and canal-related industries.
It also orients visitors to the Park's historic role and keystone environment location in the National Park Service's Heritage Corridor. The story is more sharply focused, digs deeper, and now is told next to the canal and in the context of the Park, one of the first industrial sites in America and a crucible of the Industrial Revolution.
Take a journey through time. The 48-ton Josiah White II canal boat plies the waters of old Section 8 of the Lehigh Canal in Hugh Moore Park. Trained and authentically-dressed crew interpret the story of the anthracite canals and the people who worked and lived on them. Two mules – Hank and George – tow the boat on a 45-minute trip from the National Canal Museum to the Locktender’s House and back.
Canal boat tours are 45 minutes long and leave the dock at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Hours are weekends: June 3 to June 11; Wednesday to Sunday: June 14 until October 1; and weekends: October 7 to October 29. The boat does not sail on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission rates are $12 for adults; seniors and military $11; children 3 - 15 years old $9; and children under 3 are free. It includes a canal boat ride and National Canal Museum admission. Group and charter rates available.
The Canal Museum
Learn something new today. The museum’s collections reflect the material culture and document the history of America’s canals and navigable rivers, as well as canal-related industries in Lehigh Valley.
The museum’s holdings include 3,753 artifacts; 3,890 reels of film, video cassettes and audio (oral history) tapes; 52,782 slides, photographs and negative images; 31,824 engineering drawings; a library of more than 13,483 volumes; 736 linear feet of manuscript materials; and 261 rolls of microfilm.
Among the museum’s archival holdings are rare film footage of canal life, historic photographs, canal maps, captain’s logs, a complete set of the Army Corps of Engineers’ annual reports to Congress, and engineering plans for 15 towpath canals east of the Mississippi River.
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- Gift Shop:
- From Water to Iron: A Walking Tour of Hugh Moore Park
- Dinner on the Canal: Stars & Stripes
- Dinner on the Canal: Canal Stories & Songs
- Dinner on the Canal: Island Park Amusements
- Dinner on the Canal: Molly Polly Chunker Revisited
- Dinner on the Canal: Whiskey Tasting with Red Stag Pub
- Dinner on the Canal: Black History on the Canal
- Dinner on the Canal: Pirates of the Canal
- Dinner on the Canal: Olde-Tyme Country