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Renovated National Canal Museum set to open on June 7

Renovated National Canal Museum set to open on June 7

EASTON, Pa. - Its motto is explore history, and workers at the National Canal Museum can't wait for you to explore its newly renovated space in Easton.

Volunteers and workers are still putting the final touches on the National Canal Museum.

Everything should be in place in time for the start of the 2014 season.

"You're seeing refreshed exhibits," said president and executive director, Elissa Garofalo. "Much of what you see has been in the collection of the national Canal Museum and we were able during the winter time and over the last year to take a look at what we have."

For the last two years the museum has been undergoing several changes: new management, and a location change from the Two Rivers Landing building in downtown Easton that resulted in 10,000 fewer square feet of space.

"We're located within this microcosm of the entire corridor story," added Garofalo. "You have the Lehigh River flowing by, you have the canal, you have the tow path, which is also part of the larger D & L Trail."

Garofalo says that's what makes the space at Hugh Moore Park so appealing; visitors get to learn about coal transport during the 1800's, try interactive exhibits, and then see history right outside while riding a canal boat.

"Brings history alive so people can understand what was here before modern times, especially the kids," said Arthur Korn, a visitor from New Jersey.

Korn drove from Morris County and even though the museum was closed, he got a sneak peak.

He hopes a lot of people take advantage of this historical gem in our area.

"We have to know where we came from so that we can use that information to keep going in the future," said Korn.

The National Canal Museum officially opens Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. and the first tour and canal boat ride are free.

You can get those tickets at the welcome center.

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