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Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.

131 S Huron, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231 436 9825
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Type: Tours, Specialty Museums
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was by far our favorite museum stop. The ship is something to see! The volunteer in the engine room was highly knowledgable and we learned so much.Admission was $11 and it was well worth it. It's a self guided tour and we were there for close to 1 1/2 hours. If you do nothing else while in Mackinaw City... More

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Chesterton, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Mackinaw was the most powerful icebreaker in the world for many years. When the Coast Guard finally retired it, it was immediately turned into a museum. Unlike many museum ships that were stripped when decommissioned, the Mackinaw has all its equipment and looks exactly like the last day it operated. Be prepared for a lot of climbing narrow stairs.... More

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Bismarck, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting site to me, since I lived on the Island back in the time when this was a working icebreaker... Saw it going up and down the straits every winder... Saw it get stuck in bad ice, and watched a Canadian ship free it... I had never seen the inner workings of any ice breaker before,... More

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jackson, michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This ship uscg mackinaw was excellent and learned a lot of information about the vessel and how it broke ice. and also how the engines worked. there is a lot of climbing up and down ladders to the different parts of the ship. I went there with two teenagers 12 and 14 and they enjoyed it. and there was another... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My husband LOVES boats of all kinds, so he was really excited to see this museum! Very interactive and so many different places to see! I highly recommend!

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Everyone had high hopes for this museum because it looked fascinating. Unfortunately, the focus was on selling merchandise instead of informing everyone about the ship's history. The ship was very worn down, which is to be expected, but no work had been done yet in restoring it at all. There was so much potential there but it hasn't been achieved... More

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Whitehall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The self guided tour is well worth the price of admission. My wife and daughter loved walking the decks and seeing how the crew lived their day to day lives while cutting the frigid ice of the great lakes. I would recommend this stop for a couple hours during your stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It is an amazing ship with much history. The museum is a self guided tour of the ship with very knowledgeable docents along the way. Also, there is a fun scavenger hunt for the kids that got mine to read and learn along the way, didn't think that was possible.

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Central Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Known as the Queen of the Lakes the icebreaker MACKINAW kept many otherwise icebound ports around the Great Lakes open during the winter and assisted Great Lake bulk carriers through the ice in spring. Additionally the Mac did search and rescue duty in winter and summer. Full disclosure, I was aboard from Jan 1965 through June 1966. The ship looks... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was one of our favorites on our trip. The ship is right by Shepler's Ferry, so you can easily walk there. You get to walk through the ship, and it is mostly a self guided tour. However, they do have a couple of docents there that will speak with you, one of which used to serve on the ship.... More

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