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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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Address: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706
Phone Number: 19896843946
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946...
Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Fort Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.
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3 Guns No Waiting

This was a wonderful site to visit! Most GPS units will not get you there due to some perminent road construction that closed off Martin St. at the bridge. Google Maps will find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Belleville, Michigan
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Belleville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

This was a wonderful site to visit! Most GPS units will not get you there due to some perminent road construction that closed off Martin St. at the bridge. Google Maps will find it if you search "USS Edson". The website says the address is 1680 Martin St. however, the entrance is located at the intersection of Harry S. Truman... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

First this map directions are off the ship is on Martin st. The people were very friendly $10 admission for self guide tour. Only bad thing is a lot of stuff was not open to us to use or go in probably due to safety and others abusing the privilege. Took about an hour

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I loved the historical aspect of the Naval Ship called "The Phantom of the Vietnam War". The ship was hit and the Vietnamese listed it as sunk. It crept into the Philliphines to be fixed, and were they shocked when it sailed the Vietnamese shoreline again! Tickets about $10, which helps with the restoration. Tours, into the nooks & crannies.... More 

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Moscow Mills, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Drove up from St. Louis just to see this old beauty. Served on USS Hull DD945 back in 73'. Long time planning and was well worth the wait. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed walking around reliving some old memories. Got to bring my brother to show him what I did in the Navy. He was really impressed too.... More 

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Dearborn, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We stopped by to check out the "Grey Ghost" and really enjoyed walking around and learning about the ship and its history. One of a kind attraction in Michigan and I will be returning soon for another visit.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I am a Navy vet of the era of this ship. First it is $10 a person. The ship is a work in progress as a museum. It is well worth the visit to see what life is and was aboard small US Navy combat ships. We have a very enjoyable visit and the volunteers provided some background. The ship... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I'm not sure if it costs money normally, but the ramp was open and no one was around so we just walked on. It was on Memorial Day, so there was lots of veterans around and they were cool to talk to. There was old vets around to answer any questions and show you some cool stuff. If you're into... More 

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Mansfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you have the time to study some American history, this is the place to go! The USS Edson is a Vietnam era destroyer that saw service during the Vietnam war. Wonder what it's like to live and work aboard a war ship? You will not be disappointed. There are several extremely qualified veterans on duty to take you on... More 

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Byron Center, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a wonderful stop, the volunteers who work this ship are amazing, you will not be disappointed. The ship has lots of history, be part of preserving our Naval heritage.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

While in Michigan I thought my kids would like taking this tour. . .we drove over there but depute the website saying it was open and tours were giving 364 days a year the were closed. . .they could see it which they enjoyed but were bummed we couldn't tour

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Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

We are very sorry about the website having the wrong information. We are in the process of updating it. We hope you will stop back and visit us the next time you are in the area. We are open from March 1 through December 31, although we may close due to weather. More 

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Additional Information about Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

Address: Address: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706
Phone Number: 19896843946
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Bay City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 10

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