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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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Address: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706
Phone Number: 19896843946
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946....

Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt 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 Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. 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. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.

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This is my 3rd visit, I brought my granddaughter this trip. A wonderful trip, the ship is progressing nicely. The folks that volunteer are awesome! A piece of Naval history you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
randycanyon
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Byron Center, Michigan
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Byron Center, Michigan
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my 3rd visit, I brought my granddaughter this trip. A wonderful trip, the ship is progressing nicely. The folks that volunteer are awesome! A piece of Naval history you don't want to miss!

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Cass City, Michigan
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116 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We chose a morning self tour of the ship. Wish now we would have had a guided tour with someone knowledgeable of the ship and all that history of it. There was a school bus tour there so we tried to stay clear of their group which we were able to do for the most part. It is amazing how... More 

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Thank Georgia H
Bay City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 10year old Grandson and I thought we would check out the"Old Shop". Really cool! Lots of history and the place has a vibe😖. I think the fall Ghost Tours would totally be worth it. Lots to see and climb. Not for people who can't do stairs, but so worth it.

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Thank Cynthia C
Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very satisfying visit because you can walk around most everywhere except the lowest levels and it is very inexpensive. I have been on several other tours of military ships and tall ships and you can walk through most all of the USS Edson...by yourself. Not for children or those with disabilities but there are many stairs to... More 

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Thank Sharon P
Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by the U.S.S. Edson on display in the Saginaw River during the Tall Ship Celebration 2016. We were on the way to visit the Saginaw River Rear Range Light and our shuttle bus stopped at the ship so we visited the ship on the way. It looks nice sitting in the river, and looks good even when it... More 

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Thank George M
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit George. We refer to Ed's Son as our Wood DUKW (duck) because it sat in the woods for about 20 years before coming to us. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour really puts perspective on what living on a ship must feel like. Lots of history in the tour and the ship is in pretty good shape. It feels like you are on an adventure while aboard the ship and it is cool to be able to peek into areas the general public would never typically see!

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Thank LeslieThompson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my 8 and 4 year old to see the US Edson. We all enjoyed it. The self guided tour really let's you see as much as you like at your own pace. There isn't much of limits....you really get to climb all over the ship which surprised me. Be sure to blow the horn when at the captains deck.... More 

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Thank Matthew D
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Matthew, We are glad you and your family enjoyed your visit! More 

Bay City, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Teachers from Saginaw High gathered here for the last gathering of club called FATS. We had a great time watching the Michigan vs Ohio State game..The ship is a unique place to gather. There are many volunteers who keep this ship in great shape and they make it better all the time. It is unique in Saginaw Valley

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Thank Bernard U
Bay City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The USS Edson is a work in progress and the displays are changing as more and more work is done on the ship. I've toured it twice now and there's always something new to see. It should be noted that because of it's very nature this is not a tour for those requiring assistive devices for mobility..

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Thank Ardine B
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back Ardine. 2016 will be a busy year for restoration and we have some great things planned for 2017. Hope to see you back! More 

Clinton Township, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came away from this with a new appreciation for all who serve our country. My brother served in the Navy during the Vietnam Nam era. I had no idea what he went through. A real eye opener. Very worthwhile.

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Thank kathleenhS2908KC
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and many thanks to your brother for his service as well. More 

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