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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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Address: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706
Phone Number: (989)684-3946
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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, Forestt 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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A floating piece of history

This is a must visit for history buffs and families with school age children. Admission is cheap and goes toward restoration of the ship.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Larry B
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Bay City, Michigan
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Bay City, Michigan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit for history buffs and families with school age children. Admission is cheap and goes toward restoration of the ship.

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Plainwell, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The $10 we paid for our self guided tour was so worth it. The volunteers at the gate/gift shop were so helpful since they are naval veterans. I'm a larger woman but I had very little problem touring this historical gem. There is a lot of climbing up stairs and motified ladders. I'm glad I wore comfortable walking shoes. And... More 

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Leesburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Well worth the visit. A self-guided tour allows you to spend as much time climbing on the ship as you want. We spent about 2.5 hours, and even my 5 year old did not get bored! A lot to see, you get to explore all areas of the ship, and good sinage tells you what you are looking at and... More 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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