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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

Address: 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218-722-7876
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Ranked #14 of 41 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
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Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We went in August and this was an interesting tour. We had a terrific guide who was in the Navy so he made it very interesting. Nice that he had the experience of "ship life". You will see the ship from top to bottom, one end to the other. They go through the engine rooms, and the kitchen, the living... More 

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United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I'm glad I saw it, but there were a few flaws. We went on Sept. 21 and the ore holds were closed in preparation from the haunted ship. Disappointing. I would have liked to see at least part of it, especially since we paid full price for the tour. Our young tour guide was spirited. A little too spirited for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you travel to Duluth in October make a stop at the Haunted boat. It is cheap, family fun or grown adult entertainment. You can buy hot chocolate for $1 and the line was fast.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

If you've ever seen one ore boat, you've seen them all. If you haven't been on this type of ship, you should absolutely tour it. Kids, especially, love the idea of being on a ship. Otherwise, the tour itself is quite watered down and uneventful. I hear the haunted ship at Halloween is well worth a visit though.

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Hastings, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While in Duluth we went through the 'Haunted' S.S. William Irvin ship! It was scary....but fun!! Didn't have to wait in line too long. Reasonably priced.

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Royalton, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We thought the line was long when we arrived but it went very fast. Was a fun thing to do with everyone. We really enjoyed it was not terribly scary. Id say ages above 8 would be fine.

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Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

the normal tour of this boat is very long and boring. but in oct. when it becomes a haunted house, it's very fun

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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was very good and knew his history regarding the ship. He made it light and engaging with a few jokes as well as "useless facts" which were fun.

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It was neat to walk around this boat. The guide was very knowledgeable & the tour was a good pace. There is a very nice gift shop as well.

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Minocqua
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

What an insight to what these ships do and what part they play in history. Loved that you could take pictures. We just wish our guide had spoken a little louder and not so fast we only got half of what he said and got tired of hearing him say "sorry my 1st day back from vacation"

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