The Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon rain, snow, or sun! Sure, you’ll miss out on the boat ride aboard the 19th century canal boat replica if you head over to Delphi, Indiana after the weather turns cold but there’s so much inside fun to be had!
I just love this museum! There’s a lot of different elements to this one to make it a hit for adults and kids. Very large, wall-sized plaques tell the story of the Wabash and Erie Canal in Carroll County (and beyond). Near them, you will often find a more hands-on approach to engage busy minds with little hands.
Puzzles, dress-up, touching and lifting canal equipment, taking quizzes–these bits of interaction really help make history real–for any age! Our boys particularly loved walking into the replica canal boat that has a gently shifting floor just like on the real thing (which is actually floating outside and available for rides, weather permitting). The water feature was the hit of the afternoon though! Featuring working parts, water, and a canal boat, visitors learn how the lock system raised and lowered the water to let boats through. There is only one boat at the time of this writing so kids will need to work together. It was a team race to the finish! History isn’t that boring class you took in high school. The real stuff, like what you’ll see here in Delphi, Indiana? Well, it’s real, and interesting, and relevant. Stop by a local history museum and discover the juicy secrets in your town’s past!
Images from Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Delphi, Indiana
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