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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 #11 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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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You don't want to be afraid of heights or steep, steep stairs. You know you're on a freighter but there is a real surprise almost at the end.....

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Decorah, Iowa, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Recommend and will go back this October ! Great tour - love the history! had fun taking pics with kids on giant ropes and different parts of boat. our girls were nine and 11 at the time- do recommend good shoes!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are visiting duluth in October I would definitely check out the haunted boat tour!! So much fun and only mildly scary

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was a very enjoyable and informative tour. But be prepared for a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. During the summer the interior fo the boat can get very warm, as the only area that is air conditioned is the gift shop.

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Dixon, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The boat tour is about 45 mins long, free for kids under 12, fabulous info on the tour. Neat stop, also shopping close by for the girls. I took my 16 yr old nephew & 10 yr old son, they both loved it!

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St. Marys, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This tour takes only an hour and is well worth it! You'll explore the boat from bow to stern, top to bottom. Who would've thought an old iron ore carrier could be so interesting!

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Minnesota
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Go to Duluth, you must spend lots of time here. On the water front, taking this tour in particular. Make it a weekend or a few days when there are less people, but take this tour and engulf yourself in the history.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You have to be a bit of a nerd to enjoy touring a ship. But we are, so of course we'd check it out. Our tourguide, Bill, was very informative and answered every question, no matter how mundane or technical, with aplomb. He even peppered his tour with family-friendly "Dad Jokes" -- it was great. The "boat" itself is in... More

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Estero, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Our tour covered everything from the engine too to the luxury guest suites. The guide was well spoken, interesting, and delivered his story with just the tight amount of humor. Perfect for the family visiting Duluth.

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Golden CO
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had a good time taking this guided one-hour tour. Well worth the small fee and the time. At over 650 feet, this gives you the feel of the lakers that run between Minnesota and Canada. This ship also has rare quarters for passengers; most of these boats are just for cargo.

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