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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 39 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.

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West Salem, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you are a fan of ships and lighthouses like we are, you will love this place. Hands on activities for kids, plenty of exhibits for adults and teens to enjoy. Great that they post a shipping schedule so you know when a ship is due to arrive or depart... Fun to watch a ship from here. And IT'S FREE.... More 

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Hopkins, Minnesota
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Enjoy it every time. You can go at your own pace. It's great for all ages, the young and old. So much history in one place. very interesting

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Nevis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Glad we took the time to enjoy! The museum displays are informative and interesting. I particularly liked the old photos, artifacts and history of the lake.

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

I loved this museum. We spent some time walking through it, then went outside to watch a couple ships come through the canal. Then we went back inside and, strange as it sounds, I feel in love with shipping. We didn't have time to watch all the videos in their entirety, which I'm sad about. But we did look at... More 

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Babbitt, Minnesota
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155 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Stopped in with my wife on a warmer November afternoon. The museum is expertly put together featuring endless amounts of information about the harbor and admission is free. Parking is also free in the winter months, so there isn't anything negative about it. Great location to take in the visitors center and then continue to the sights of Canal Park... More 

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Oakdale, Minnesota, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited a number of attractions while in Duluth. The Maritime Visitors Center is a must see. If you go, you are right next to the Aerial Lift Bridge and one end of the Lakewalk, so you can see those as well. The Maritime Center is a wealth of information and is a must see for those who like information/history.... More 

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Russellville, Arkansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Glad we spent a couple of hours there, learned so much about Great Lakes shipping, made the drive and visit to the light house much more moving.

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Michigan
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35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It's all about location and this musuem has the best location for ship viewing expecially when it's cold and windy. You can hear the horns blow, hear the radio communication between ships and the lift bridge and view all the exhibits in the museum.

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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Kids loved this place, especially all of the hands on things to do. They really enjoyed the boat exhibit and spent a lot of time pretending they were the captain of the ship. Plus, it was free!

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center has a lot of cool artifacts from Great Lakes ships. There is even a ship pilothouse inside! There is plenty of information about the ship traffic under the Aerial Lift Bridge available as well.

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