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Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

600 South Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802
218-720-5260
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Ranked #8 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.
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Shawnee, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is our third trip to the Canal Park area. I would say I have visited the visitor center at least 3 times a trip. For a small building there is a lot to see. Plus such a variety of things. We are in our 40's and have no particular love of boating, but this place is interesting and our... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

For a free museum, this really can't be beat. It's maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, and has a heavy focus on the Duluth aerial bridge's history as well as the history of the Great Lakes (especially Lake Superior.) The most fascinating things to see were the history of great storms and shipwrecks on the Lake, and the evolving... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The displays were very informative. It is worth time to visit to check out the information and the scenery.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I went with my kids and wasn't sure if this was going to be interesting to them. We all loved it! It was very well laid out, and there was a lot of information available, but not too much so that it was overwhelming for the kids. There were some fun things to play with, some movie clips, and some... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great visitor center and the staff love there jobs. Must be volunteers. So helpful with additional info. Great place to take the kids.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This run by the Army Corps of Engineers. Free admission, an excellent presentation of the history of maritime on the Great Lakes. Great place to view boats going in and out of the Duluth ship canal.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is perhaps the best maritime museum on the Great Lakes. It offers insight into shipwrecks as well as operations of modern day ore boats. It also depicts compelling stories of individuals who lost their lives on the Great Lakes. You can't beat free, either.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
48 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Besides the fact that it's free, this is a great little museum and viewing area for the aerial bridge. Lot's of info on the history of the Great Lakes and the ships that sailed them. I really liked the fact they had the schedule of all the ships coming in, posted everywhere. Luckily we arrived just as a ship was... More

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Madison WI
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Lake Superior is a dangerous place, especially in November... but that's never stopped it being a major nexus of cargo shipping. The Maritime Visitor Center walks you through the history and engineering involved in cargo shipping, and if some of the exhibits are a bit dated in design, they are still informative and often fascinating. Worth the time.

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Austin, Texas
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205 reviews 205 reviews
40 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our first time in Duluth, this is a perfect start to get familiar with the shipping business on the Great Lakes. You can spend a lot of time here, great exhibits, well done. Right next to the aerial lift bridge. Parking at an adjacent lot for $1 per hour was easy.

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