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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 #12 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
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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 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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95 reviews 95 reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Wm. Irvin one-hour tour was just right--not to long, not too short. And it isn't boring. Guides do a good job of walking you all over the ship, showing you the crew's quarters, officers' quarters, mess halls, guest suites, engine room, etc. This tour is not for anyone who's out shape or elderly. There are 18 sets of very... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It was a nice 1 hour tour. Tour guide was funny and informative. Only $8 for students which was a bonus. Be prepared for some steep stairs though. We had a 3 year old in our group who managed to do the stairs so its not that crazy

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Dayton, MN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great tour to include in your itinerary. A real ore boat & huge! You can get an idea of what it was like to live & work on a boat like this. Really impressive!

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Victoria BC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a great tour guide in Tom who told such interesting stories about this boat and what it was really used for besides shipping iron.

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Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Hour-long tour of a retired iron ore boat takes you on all levels. We were glad we waited until our kids were all walking and able to follow rules--the parents with young ones did a lot of carrying up and down steep stairs. Our kids said the tour was better than they expected. With kids 10 and under free, the... More

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houston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The guide is professional. The ship is quite unique. My son really likes this tour. It is very informative.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Fun for kids and adults! Fun to crawl around and learn the history of the shipping industry in the Great Lakes and Duluth. This is an opportunity to climb aboard an Ore boat like you see coming in and out of the Duluth Harbor... Don't miss!

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Such an amazing ship with a lot of history. Not only do you learn about her, but the iron ore business itself when it was in its hey day. Your was long and you see mostly all the ship. Would love to do again someday with family.

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