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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Edson - THE Destroyer

We toured the USS Edson, DD946, and really enjoyed it. As a former crew member during the Vietnam War ('71-'72) I was encouraged by how much quality restoration and/or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
Terry K
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We toured the USS Edson, DD946, and really enjoyed it. As a former crew member during the Vietnam War ('71-'72) I was encouraged by how much quality restoration and/or preservation has occurred. Kudos to all those dedicated people who've contributed so much time and effort. Go Navy!

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1 Thank Terry K
Bay City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It was very interest to see this U. S. Navy, ship, similar to vessels built by the former Defoe Shipbuilding on the Saginaw River. The former shipyard is just downriver from the Edson site.

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Thank scoop711
Bay City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My father and I walked from top to bottom, front to back. Saw and felt a lot of history. Much respect to our serviceman and woman. A must see for all.

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very informative staff and volunteers at the USS Edson. This ship is a piece of our Naval History and the Museum has done a great job of getting this ship to Bay City Michigan for al of us in Mid Michigan to enjoy. Lots of history displayed through out the ship and in the office set up on shore.

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Thank Debra S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The naval ship museum is a good collection of the local history of the ships produced in Bay City, Michigan. You can actually tour the entire ship. The staff was very helpful and if you ask any questions, the staff was very knowledgable.

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Midland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Loved visiting an old navel vessel. Spent two years on one back in 1958 - 1960. Great to see the Bay City folks restoring this part of history.

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Too often you're unable to poke about inside a warship but the USS Edson is open in many areas and is loaded with historical information, photos, press clippings, examples of uniforms and other displays pertinent to the ship. The Edson saw active duty from 1958 to 1988 and was instrumental in America's withdrawal from South Vietnam. With her three 5"... More 

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Carla M, Administrative Staff at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Google Maps will get you here now, just type in USS Edson. GPS will deliver you to several different locations around Bay City thanks to the weird address issue. We are working on it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Walkabout Tour of a real Destroyer DD class. Ship has been restored to its prior appearance at least enough to bring to life for kids the way it was in 1966 off the coast of South Vietnam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The Destroyer USS Edson nickname was “Grey Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast” & served 30 years from 1958 to 1988. She delivered more firepower to the enemy than any other destroyer & thus received the commendation name “Top Gun”. She carries three 5” guns plus other capabilities for anti submarine warfare, etc. Allow at least 90 minutes for a tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Great self paced tour of history. Volunteers around to answer questions & tell you all about the ship. Was a great day trip.

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