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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 #10 of 45 attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
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Minneapolis, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

After years of driving and walking by the SS. William A. Irvin on the Duluth harbor, our family decided to climb aboard for the tour. With young children in their walking shoes, we eagerly entered the ship through the port side entrance to the gift shop and purchased our tickets. From the get-go, we were impressed at the tour direction... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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143 reviews 143 reviews
62 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Kids and adults will enjoy a tour of this boat. I do believe it is made into a haunted house in October. You really get a feel of what it would be like to be a shipman working on this boat. Awesome

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

It's really cool to explore this old ship, but the tour guides can be very hit or miss. Went once and had a great tour, the second time it was difficult to listen to the guide who was quite annoying.

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Lincoln
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117 reviews 117 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

THis is a tour for people who are mobile. Because it was a working ship, there are major accessibility issues such as climbing tall ladders. For those of you who are fit and able, don't miss an opportunity to see the inside workings of the old lakers and th cabins for the captain and his guests!

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Thunder Bay
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A great way to spend 30 minutes for $10! This tour is definately not for young children or for those who scare easily. The actors were great - full of energy and having a good time making noise and scaring people. The fun started even before we got to the front of the line to purchase tickets. Even though I... More

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Spooner, Wisconsin
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58 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A staple in Duluth! We had a blast on the haunted ship Saturday night. $9 per admission with a donated can food per ticket. What a great deal to get scared out of your mind and you get to see the ship as well. The volunteers are great, well, most of them. There were a bunch of kids that looked... More

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I knew almost nothing about the workings of the ore boats I had seen for years on Lake Superior before I took this tour. Our tour guide, Devan, made it fun and interesting. You see everything from how the crews and officers lived, to the engine room and bridge, to the surprisingly luxurious accomodations for guests. There are steep stairs... More

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Roseville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I definitely learned a lot about iron ore ships. It was a great tour. The cargo hold is off limits for October during regular tours.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Tour was fun and educational. Be warned if warm out, can get very hot on tour, and there are lots of steep staircases.

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Minnesota
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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

It was huge and the tour guide was very informative. Granted, it's old....but still very cool to hear the history of hauling ore out of Duluth and how the ship ran. Also, cool insight to what the crew did during downtime and also a tour of the living quarters, dining area, and way down in the belly of the boat!

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