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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

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Address: 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218-722-7876
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.

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We visited last year Late September, They were already changing the theme over to the Haunted ship for Halloween so some things were in disarray. Otherwise it was an interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Becker, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We toured this on a beautiful August day and enjoyed the view of the harbor and Duluth hills. The tour was about an hour and our three kids toured for free. They're 6-10 and enjoyed the tour, as did all the other kids on our tour. But there are lots of steep staircases so I might not bring a hold... More 

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Incredibly boring. There is very little to learn about this boat. Basically, they stopped using it in favor of other boats. Everything was exactly what you'd expect, no other information was given to enlighten us other than the purpose of each room, which was obvious in and of itself. On top of that, they're using the cargo hold to store... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We visited last year Late September, They were already changing the theme over to the Haunted ship for Halloween so some things were in disarray. Otherwise it was an interesting tour and we enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great tour by Davan! Very informative and interesting tour. We didn't notice paranormal activity which is too bad. Might have to go back for the Halloween tour! Lots of steep stairs up and down though which could be an issue for some.

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Champlin, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is our second trip to the ship. It's full of information about the ship, the crew and the time. We had a funny and knowledgeable guide for our tour which helped keep the young children involved and interested. It feels a little expensive at first but it's not to bad.

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East Grand Forks, Minnesota
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This was a very nice and informative tour. My mother grew up on Lake Superior and I already knew a fair amount of information but my husband and 4 yr old son were def entertained since they had not been on a boat that size before. Our guide, Davyn, I think may have been his name. I will apologize if... More 

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Willmar, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is the second time we had taken this tour in the past few years. This time was without kids and was very interesting to see and hear how a ship works.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice tour of the boat, but it is difficult to get to. Driving and parking are difficult and expensive. The tour is good, one hour, and a good description of how sailors worked on the ore boats, and how the came into town to pick up ores.

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Brookings, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very informative and neat to see inside the ship and be able to experience a close look into the shipping industry. Only downside is there are a LOT of stairs that are steep, so if you have older members in your party or are unable to do many stairs, this may not be for you. But our tour guide was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I had always wanted to see what it was like to be on one of these huge iron ore ships and so I finally took the tour. I really did enjoy seeing the ship, but I have to admit that the tour itself was a bit boring. Definitely worth it to visit once, but that is enough for me.

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Address: 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218-722-7876
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth

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