On the outside, it’s a fantastic combination of old and new. Facing State Street, the museum occupies a terrific Greek revival building that was first constructed in 1839 as the Erie branch of the US Bank of Pennsylvania. From 1843-67, the building was used as US customs house, and the building is now commonly referred to as the customs house.
And on the 5th Street side, a modern, gold level, LEED certified addition was occupied in 2010. This building was the first LEED certified building in Erie.
Tied together with three other historic downtown buildings, this block makes for a very unique museum experience.