Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, Bay City

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forest Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 90% of the ship is open to the public. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes since you will be climbing up and down ladders. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing. Please check our website for the latest information on our hours. There may be times when our times change due to private events or restoration needs.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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John Curnan
Clinton Township, MI1 contribution
Great time with lots of great history
Jul 2021 • Family
What a great find, we booked a self paced tour online expecting to explore a ship. Little did we know Bill a navy veteran was there and willing to give us a tour around the ship. He explained every room and what it was used for, he showed us the horn and just really did a great job going into detail about the ship and it’s history. If you are ever in bay city and want to visit something of historical value and have a good time this is the place to go.
Written July 12, 2021
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suedo66
Pewaukee, WI350 contributions
Very nice to tour---able to walk and checkout at your own pace
Jul 2021
This is about a 400 foot destroyer that had multiple missions in Vietnam. We paid $13 each adult and were able to explore all over the ship by ourselves--very well set up so you could try to experience what it was to serve on the ship,
Written July 6, 2021
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Mary L
2 contributions
Fun and Informative!
Jun 2021 • Couples
The ship and its history were amazing. Thanks to Carla who greeted us, and Bill who gave us a great tour!
Written June 18, 2021
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kkan9702
Berkley, MI1 contribution
Amazing .. must do!
Jun 2021
What an assume experience. We had a tour of the ship and then had the ship for the night for ghost hunting and it was the best experience ever. Bill was our tour guide and his knowledge and kindness was amazing. What an honor to experience our history and from someone who was part of it. This is a must see, don’t miss it!
Written June 13, 2021
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Jim C
2 contributions
Enjoy
May 2021 • Family
Went on a Monday and had the ship to ourselves. Plenty of things to see and read about. Crawling all around the ship was fun and educational. Remember to duck your head.
Written May 25, 2021
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Ashley L.
1 contribution
Great time
May 2021 • Friends
This is an amazing experience the staff is very friendly and helpful! A great place to spend the afternoon and learn some great information about our history!
Written May 1, 2021
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Vishanth D
Farmington Hills, MI1 contribution
Amazing unique experience
Apr 2021 • Couples
The ship horn and the upper deck experience was spectacular..had a great time... amazing experience...l liked the turbine room...gives a glimpse into the life of sailor... respect
Written April 4, 2021
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Tiffany R
1 contribution
Excellent Tour for a Low Price
Mar 2021
My boyfriend and I absolutely enjoyed every second of our experience on the U.S.S. Edson! We weren't expecting to spend more than an hour or so there, but our fantastic tour guide, Bill, gave us a 3-hour experience that blew our minds! We drove about an hour and a half for this particular tour, and we don't regret it at all. I highly recommend taking time out of your day to learn a little more about what the Navy did for our country!
Written March 7, 2021
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heathercG6192LG
Grayslake, IL, United States4 contributions
Amazing ship and volunteers/staff
Nov 2020
My teen son and I traveled from Chicago to tour the USS Edson and it was well worth the drive. We were fortunate that a kind volunteer offered to give us a tour we weren't even planning on! It is amazing to see the passion the volunteers have for restoring and maintaining this spectacular artifact of U.S. history. If we didn't have to return home that day, we would've loved to have spent the afternoon chatting the day away with everyone in the gift shop - quite an entertaining and informative group of individuals, as well as ambassadors for the Edson and Bay City. Although it was extremely windy the day we did the tour, we dressed appropriately for the conditions (as recommended on the website) and found that it was perfectly comfortable inside. We are already planning for when we will return.
Written November 3, 2020
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Ann
1 contribution
Perfect fall visit on the USS Edson
Oct 2020
Amazing piece of history. The ship is set up perfect for viewing and learning. Met Bill today and he was the perfect tour guide. I will go back, it’s definitely worth additional visits and I highly recommend this museum on the water!
Written October 11, 2020
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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM