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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-7876
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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.
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Winnipeg, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
66 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The William A Irvin was the flagship of the US Steel fleet for decades. Operating as both workhorse and cruise ship for well to do friends of upper management, the ship offers an interesting glimpse into the world of a Great Lakes ship. The guided tour is about an hour in length and provides a lot of information on the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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57 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

If you've ever wanted to climb aboard one the big ore ships that pass through the harbor, here's your chance. The retired ship is convenient to the Canal Park activities. I'd recommend parking in the DECC lot (5 bucks), and leave the car all day. Choose a spot right across from the entrance to the ship. After the tour, you... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I took the tour with my grandson (7). We really enjoyed it and the guide was very knowledgeable. There are a lot of steep steps but the tour does not rush (about an hour). I understand that in October there is a haunted house set up in the cargo hold and it is a big hit.

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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We have been to Duluth several times, but never took the tour. Very happy we did. Hey, plus kids are FREE. You got to go all over the ship. Checked out a variety of things. Nothing was off limits. Based on how many cargo ships we have seen before, it was great to finally experience the inside. It was really... More

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Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour of the Irvin boat. The entrance fee was $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and children under 10 years are free with a paid adult. The fee is high, but the experience was informative and educational for all of us. Our children (5 and 8) thought it was interesting. We saw a big... More

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Andover, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I wasn't too excited about this visit. I thought there wouldn't be much to see, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tour was very informative and our guide seemed very knowledgeable. There was certainly more to see than meets the eye

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Tour of the inside of a Lake Superior Ore Boat. You get to walk around (with tour guide) and see most of the ship. Wish my guide and been a little more knowledgeable but she did know her speech. There are a lot of steep steps that can be a little scary. I made sure my little guy was always... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It was interesting to see this ship so close, and it is understandable to charge a fee to get it, but it wasn't the best for smaller kids.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We got into the shop just in time to join the tour with Bill. What a great hour. He really made the tour enjoyable and warm. It was cold but as we moved around on the ship. I cant wait to go back.

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southern MN
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were in Duluth to see a ship. This was a great way to see a ship, and the history of ships. Very interesting tour, our guide was very informative.

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