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Erie Maritime Museum, Erie
(4.3/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is an excellent museum for anyone interested in American History. Not only does the museum have excellent and informative displays, but the museum is housed in an industrial building that is extr...  more »
  • Went thru the museum to get to the rest of the tall ships, but very nice and informative. Large replicas of parts of ships. 
  • This museum was the highlight of our recent visit to Erie. The story of the war of 1812 was the most interesting part for me - including a replica of the Brig Niagara, which is outside the building. T...  more »
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  • Very cool museum, with the U.S.S. Niagra tall ship docked right there. Full size replicas of the sales, masts, and beams inside. Actual canons and artifacts from the war of 1812. Very knowledgeable guides and presentations.
  • Ok so I'm in love with a few things one of them being the brig Niagra (I drempt about stealing it once and fueled my obsession even more). The museum is wonderful and educational. But only one thing could make it better, The Niagra being in port. It travels and is only in port at times so I was sad but this museum is still amazing
  • I was ill at the time; so really didn't enjoy as much as I would have liked to. I.want to try again sometime this year. Preferably this Summer. It was a big deal to me to see the US Brig Niagra our history state ship. Stacy, if not interested in Maritime history then stsy home or go elsewhere. There are a lot other places to go nearby like Cleveland. Julia T.
  • Fabulous journey into the past, lots of eye-opening gear and displays. The Flagship Niagara is absolutely impressive, and the tour is very thought-provoking to learn the details of life below deck where you can't even stand up.
  • Informative museum and exhibits geared for a younger audience. Always a treat to see the U.S. Brig Niagara in port.