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Erie Maritime Museum, Erie

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Erie Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located on Presque Isle Bay in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. It was the first new PHMC museum in twenty years when it opened its doors on May 21, 1998. It is the homeport of the US Brig Niagara, a modern recreation of the US Brig Niagara that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie.ExhibitsThe museum offers a wide range of multimedia and interactive exhibits coupled with lively interpretive programs that vividly illustrate the region's rich maritime heritage. When in homeport, the ship herself is the major "exhibit". Berthed within yards of the museum, Niagara is visible from the building's bay side picture window. Inside, the centerpiece exhibits of the museum are a former steam-powered electricity generating station and a reconstruction of the mid-ship section of the USS Lawrence. The replicated Lawrence, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's first flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie, comes complete with mast, spars and rigging to foster hands-on learning in the ways of sail handling.Another powerful display is the adjoining section of the Lawrence replica that has been blasted with live ammunition from the current Niagara's own carronades at the National Guard training facility in Fort Indiantown Gap, near Harrisburg. This unprecedented "live fire" exhibit of the Lawrence recreates the horrific carnage inflicted upon both ships and men during the Battle of Lake Erie and throughout the Age of Fighting Sail. Other exhibits tell the stories of the USS Wolverine (previously the USS Michigan), the nation's first iron-hulled warship, the environmental transformation of the Great Lakes ecosystem and much more.
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  • It was fun to learn about the Battle of Lake Erie, Perry, the Niagra, and other little known naval history in the area. If you can see the replica of the Niagra it's even better. If you like history a...  more »
  • This attraction is a must if you love naval history. A great museum - with a guided tour- and, if ship is not out sailing, a tour of the US Brig Niagara. Good movie also on the battle on Lake Erie in ...  more »
  • This was our first stop on our anniversary. It was a beautiful day and my husband and I wanted to learn more about the US Brig Niagara after stopping by to see the Perry Monument on Presque Isle. We e...  more »
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  • Great place to learn about the maritime history of the Erie area. Lots of interesting exhibits and things to do. There is a small place to eat at this location but it isn't open all the time and doesn't have a great selection. I didn't take off a star because you don't go to a museum to eat. However if you are planning on going, plan to grab a bite to eat before or after. There are lots of places near by.
  • This is a very educational museum. There is plenty of information on the war of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie, tall ships, ropes, cannons, and of course the informative live tour of the Bright Niagara ship. This is a place I will recommend to all my friends visiting Erie.
  • Erie's Nautical History is a long journey of bizarre twists and turns. This museum is the best representation of that strange history. DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP!
  • A lot of information at a small price. Nice people and very friendly
  • Great museum! Great coverage and exhibits on the Battle of Lake Erie. The museum also has extensive exhibits on the USS Wolverine, which was assembled locally. As much as I enjoyed the exhibits it was the volunteer guides that made it a unique experience. Their knowledge and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated.

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Where to stay in Erie

Lake resorts offering comfortable accommodations and access to the water stand along the shores. For more intimate lodgings, consider a bed and breakfast or inn in the town center, with easy access to the lake. Chain hotels are affordable and convenient, while nature lovers may enjoy the campgrounds on the outskirts of the city.
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