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National Canal Museum

National Canal Museum

Featuring four galleries, this is the only museum dedicated to the history of America's towpath canals.


This extensive museum includes a 90-foot interactive canal to help children learn how boats navigated canals and how crucial they were to opening up the American interior to setlement. Built around the Lehigh Canal, the museum opened in 1970 through a successful partnership between the Hugh Moore Park Commission and the Pennsylvania Canal Society.


Visitors can travel down the canal on a mule-driven canal boat, the Josiah White II, which helps riders experience the traveling conditions of 19th-century patrons.

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