Learn about history first-hand!
Step into the living quarters below the deck of a canal boat, operate a miniature boat through a tiny stretch of canal and more! The Interpretive Center, opened in 2003, offers interactive exhibits and displays to recount the fascinating creation of the Wabash & Erie Canal--the largest manmade waterway in the United States. Guests can get a glimpse of life in the 1850s canal era and learn about the land, water and wildlife in early Indiana.
Visit our gift shop, just inside the Interpretive Center, featuring
souvenir apparel, cards, old-fashioned wooden toys and music, as well
as books and videos on Indiana history and nature. Homemade apples
dumplings (frozen) are also available at the Canal Center reception
Our lobby, shared with the Conference Center
, features large oil paintings depicting canal era scenes by artist, Terry Lacy
. ADA accessible restrooms are located in the lobby.
Interpretive Center Hours:
Sundays through Fridays – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (EST)
Saturdays – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST)
Call 765.564.2870 for information about hours of operation on holidays.
General admission is free, although donations are welcome. Call for tour packages and admission fees for bus tours and other large groups, which can include guided tours throughout the Park. For more information, call 765.564.2870.