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Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi

Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Exterior
Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Exterior

The Wabash and Erie Canal is the largest man-made canal in the United States–and you can learn all about it at the Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana.

Hands-on and interactive, there are great places to play and learn in this spacious Carroll County museum.

Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana

Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Discover how Canal Locks Work!
Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Discover how Canal Locks Work!

You can’t help but notice the large, eye-catching building that mimics a typical long ago town. What a beautiful exterior. The buildings around it all mimic an old-fashioned canal town. Follow the buildings with your down to the canal, and you will even find a working canal boat ready to give you a ride (for a fee). It is a seasonal operation, so do be sure to call ahead to learn more.

The Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum is a donations-only attraction. So, throw in several bucks and get ready for a fun step back in time.

Fossils, quizzes, puzzles, even picking up the various equipment used by canal builders–there’s a lot to go through. The walls are full of informational plaques so it might take you awhile. But everywhere you look you will see a unique part of Indiana history. The Wabash and Erie Canal brought people together and helped them travel in a way that just hadn’t been possible before!

Learning about the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi

Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Hands-On
Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana Hands-On

Kids will easily entertain themselves at the miniature canal boat with locks. Yes, it’s a water feature.

Little hands love to open and close the locks, blocking or enabling the bright canal boat to float its way through. I really started to wonder if they would ever let us leave. We camped out at this spot for a good long time. It was an excellent way to demonstrate how the canals worked. The step-stool enabled smaller children to use the exhibit–without mom or dad trying to hold them up.

Our youngest was a bit more than slightly obsessed with the puzzle right nearby. Everyone wanted a turn building with the keystone block nearby. What neat ideas to get kids thinking.

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That’s not all. Find dress-up clothing, a life-sized replica of the living quarters on a canal boat, and in the warmer months, you can take a ride on the 19th century replica of a canal boat.

It’s a combination of regional and state history and hands-on fun at this Indiana museum. No matter how you look at it, a visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum is a day well spent.

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Canal Interpretive Center and Museum
3198 N 700 W
Delphi, IN 46923
765.564.6572

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in early 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

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