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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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Interesting ship tour

My wife and I did this tour maybe 15 years ago. We decided it was time to bring our boys, 10 and 7. The tour was interesting and informative and our guide was friendly and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I did this tour maybe 15 years ago. We decided it was time to bring our boys, 10 and 7. The tour was interesting and informative and our guide was friendly and knowledgable. Our boys asked her a few off-the-wall questions which she had great answers for. It was interesting to see the engine room as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely fascinating. You get to go throughout the boat, hold, engine, galley, cabins, etc.. but try to go on a warm day, because you are outside on deck a lot

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Irvin tour really teaches you what it must be like working out on the Great Lakes. The guides are excellent and certainly know their stuff. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We were unsure how interested our teens would be in this tour, but they enjoyed it as much as we did! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and obviously loved the opportunity to share the ship with us. Even our teens thought he was cool! I was initially concerned that I might feel claustrophobic in what I imagined would be... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Hour-long tour of the retired "laker," as the freighters designed to ply the great lakes were known. Retired after forty years of service as the flagship of the U.S. Steel fleet, the Irvin is a relatively rare non-military maritime exhibit. Guide was knowledgeable and kept the tour moving at a brisk pace. Could have done without the "haunted ship" area... More 

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Blaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

We paid 24.00 for our family of 4. I have a 6 & 9 year old. They both really enjoyed the tour on the boat. We had a really fun and right to the point tour guide. I recommend Going on the tour especially if you have children. Its something they will remember. The tour is also very educational. Friendly... More 

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Waconia, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We took the tour with our 2 teenagers. It was interesting and worth it to us. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the ship and its history. It was fun to see the rooms where sailors and guests stayed and all of the facts about the boat. There are a few steep stairways, but not too bad. The view... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We went on opening day not realizing it was but it was not overcrowded at all. The tour guide was awesome and very knowledgable. It is an impressive boat with a great history. Definately recommend.

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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Learning about the giant ore boats on the great lakes what better experience? Seriously isn't that part of what makes the area special. I love the area and having the opportunity to explore one of these giant vessels and see how they operate is awesome! There are draw backs to the tour such as the stairs and laders and walking,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a great haunted ship a must see for a great scare even the older kids will scream there is great parking and it's not to expensive.

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