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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 #13 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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Hebron, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The William A Irvin was a working ore ship on Lake Superior. It was highly innovative at the time of its launch. The guided tour is interesting and full of full trivia facts about the ship and the industry. It is interesting and lasts about one hour. It is worth your time!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was young and theatrical, but began her staged conversation long before the rest of the group was gathered around. Felt like we paid $24 for half of a poorly done tour of an old boat. The guide was not aware of her parties needs. Not a must see if you are in Duluth but our you boys... More

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Well let me start by stating this has very steep stairs and lots of them. It was a great time, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Started in the gift shop area, walked to the top of the ore ship then checked out the rear of the ship to include the engine room, mess... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Toured the SS Wm A. Irvin ore barge first thing in the morning in early June. Heavy drizzle and thick fog kept our expectations low. But Jess, our guide, was funny and informative. Mining and ore shipping industry were new to us and very interesting. Lots of steps to climb and descend. Ship was different from others we'd seen. Worth... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
53 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was interesting to see the things I wouldn't have expected, such as the guest quarters - very nice! There are a lot of steep steps, and walking, not for everyone. Several on our tour did part of it, but not all, to avoid this.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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119 reviews 119 reviews
66 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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122 reviews 122 reviews
58 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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