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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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So fun!

It was so interesting to see the inside of this ship! The tour is an hour long, just long enough to see a lot and learn new things but not too long that it was boring. Our tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It was so interesting to see the inside of this ship! The tour is an hour long, just long enough to see a lot and learn new things but not too long that it was boring. Our tour guide was Davan and I can't say enough how awesome he was. He was very informed and absolutely hilarious! A genuinely nice... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

this tour held my 6yr old son's attention for an hour, so that's a win for me! the guide was knowledgeable and very patient with all the kids on the tour.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable during this tour.Not knowing much of this subject, I found this tour very interesting. Not for physically challenged people with the star climbing

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Washburn,IL
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We took the tour you don't realize how big they are until you get on it.There are some very fancy rooms that they have on there for visitors that sailed with them.You get to check the whole thing out.

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Houston, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

One hour guided tours with a very informative tour guide. Engine room and the luxury staterooms for dignitaries especially interesting. Some steep stairs to negotiate and a bit claustrophobic in the big hold. Well worth the price of admission!

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Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Interesting guided tour of a freighter, anchored in Duluth's harbor. Tour guide did a great job. Several steep flights of stairs to climb, but rails on both sides. Tours sell out, so get your tickets early or be prepared to wait up to 1/2 hour.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

First time touring a boat of this size. Very interesting. Our 9 yo daughter really enjoyed it. Brian was our guide and did a great job. It really helped that he had experience on similar ships in the past.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Learned quite a few facts about how raw materials are moved about the Great Lakes region while also seeing what the conditions and the culture was of the people doing the work. You can gain some appreciation for the task of Great Lakes shipping.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Blake was very informative, as well as patient, as there were small children on our tour group that asked silly questions or had silly statements. Not only were the views from the top of the ship amazing, the inside was just as great, as well as surprising. I didn't realize that some of the ships carried passengers and we had... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Not worth 12 bucks. Had bunch of stuff hidden everyone that was like props and storage. Everything is overpriced.

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