We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-7876
Improve this listing
Ranked #11 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
Write a Review

137 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    79
    48
    7
    3
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Stillwater, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Fun for kids and adults! Fun to crawl around and learn the history of the shipping industry in the Great Lakes and Duluth. This is an opportunity to climb aboard an Ore boat like you see coming in and out of the Duluth Harbor... Don't miss!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Such an amazing ship with a lot of history. Not only do you learn about her, but the iron ore business itself when it was in its hey day. Your was long and you see mostly all the ship. Would love to do again someday with family.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You don't want to be afraid of heights or steep, steep stairs. You know you're on a freighter but there is a real surprise almost at the end.....

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Decorah, Iowa, USA
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Recommend and will go back this October ! Great tour - love the history! had fun taking pics with kids on giant ropes and different parts of boat. our girls were nine and 11 at the time- do recommend good shoes!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are visiting duluth in October I would definitely check out the haunted boat tour!! So much fun and only mildly scary

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was a very enjoyable and informative tour. But be prepared for a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. During the summer the interior fo the boat can get very warm, as the only area that is air conditioned is the gift shop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dixon, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The boat tour is about 45 mins long, free for kids under 12, fabulous info on the tour. Neat stop, also shopping close by for the girls. I took my 16 yr old nephew & 10 yr old son, they both loved it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Marys, Canada
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This tour takes only an hour and is well worth it! You'll explore the boat from bow to stern, top to bottom. Who would've thought an old iron ore carrier could be so interesting!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minnesota
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Go to Duluth, you must spend lots of time here. On the water front, taking this tour in particular. Make it a weekend or a few days when there are less people, but take this tour and engulf yourself in the history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Charles, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You have to be a bit of a nerd to enjoy touring a ship. But we are, so of course we'd check it out. Our tourguide, Bill, was very informative and answered every question, no matter how mundane or technical, with aplomb. He even peppered his tour with family-friendly "Dad Jokes" -- it was great. The "boat" itself is in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum also viewed

 

Been to S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing