Discover the industry that created the City of Syracuse and supplied the entire nation with salt! Explore the site of an original boiling block where brine (salt water) was turned into what was then considered one of the country's most precious commodities. See the actual kettles, wooden barrels and other equipment that were used in this fascinating process which came to an end in the 1920's.
The museum, located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, is full of dynamic exhibits and artifacts. Constructed from timbers taken from actual salt warehouses, it provides an old time rustic experience during your visit.
Gift shop, operated by the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, visitor information center and picnic areas on location.
The Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park invites school groups to learn about the history of salt production in Syracuse. Local historical interpreter and character actor Scott Peal has created an entertaining and educational tour designed for 4th-7th grade classes. Students will be placed in the role of "Reporter," to investigate within the Salt Museum answers to such questions as: "Why is Syracuse nicknamed the Salt City?", "What were the two types of salt producing methods used during this era?" and more.
- Download The Salt Museum Self-Guided Tour... Perfect if you're planning to visit or just want more specific information about the Salt Industry.
- The Central New York Library Resources Council has set up a database of some great historic salt industry photos. Click here to visit their site.
School / Group Tours
School/Group Tours are available late April-June & September- mid-October at 9:30-11:00am & 11:30am-1:00pm. Tour groups are limited to 30 students/adults at a cost of $50 per tour. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (315) 453-6712. Click here for more information.
May 10 - October 12, 2014
Saturday & Sunday • 1-6pm
During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.