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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 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission ( 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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  • You can't go wrong when in Erie to plan a visit to the Erie Maritime Museum. The highlight is the Brig Niagara, painstakingly rebuilt with original wood from the ship that fought in the War of 1812.  more »
  • Erie Maritime Museum homeport for the U.S. Brig Niagara and Lettie G. Howard ships. You can tour and sail the Niagara. I think all admissions include a guided tour of Brig Niagara when in it's in port...  more »
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  • Very interesting place to visit. Got to go out on the Brig Niagara and walk around. A lot of information inside the museum. Well informed staff and volunteers. Very nice gift shop.
  • Had a wonderful tour of the ship Letter Howard. Great guide. Could have spent more time. Only spent 3 hours but wished I could have spent 2 more. Will return. Worth the visit.

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