Tower of History
Tower of History
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Historic SitesObservation Decks & Towers
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Tower of History has Native American artifacts and 15 min video on the early history of Sault Ste. Marie, MI in the lower level. Express elevator up to a series of observation decks, one glass enclosed and 2 open aired levels for the 360 degree view of Sault Ste. Marie MI and Ontario plus the St. Mary's River System. Great place to view passing Freighters! Last tickets and entry 30 minutes before closing.
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL8,983 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
To me, this object looks more like “after military” one with its very rough elevation.
When you rich the top, you will be amazed by beautiful view of the city, the canal, Soo Locks, St. Marys River and Canadian shore.
I was there in October, during changing the colors, so the view was even more amazing.
Before we get to the top, we saw 15 minute movie about the history of region.
Even on the top you can learn a lot about the city, how it was growing because of the Locks.
There are two levels on the top of tower. You can stay inside or go out having view almost in all directions.
If you are in the city, don’t miss the Tower.
It’s not free, but it’s worth to pay and visit.

RomanP
Written October 23, 2021
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Neil B
Auckland, New Zealand1,438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
So cool. Outrageous really that the Catholic Church built this as a shrine but great that it’s ended up as an observation tower for the city! It the tallest structure around and the views are fabulous. Friendly guy on the ticket desk. Best public restrooms you’ll find anywhere! Buy the three museum ticket and get to visit the Tower, the Museum Ship Valley Camp and the River of History museum and save a few dollars. All are worth visiting.
Written September 21, 2023
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shannonp29709
Chesterfield, SC498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous views of the surrounding areas. I recommend stopping here if you are in the area. You can spend as little or as much time as you like taking in the views from the observation decks. The gentleman working was friendly and helpful.
Written May 30, 2023
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Kirbyk
Portsmouth, VA537 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
If the weather is nice the view is awesome. The short video is a good introduction to the whole area. Be sure to read the history of the tower because it was actually began as a project of the church next door.
Written September 10, 2020
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Thank you for visiting.
Written June 18, 2021
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Zachary M
Lake Orion, MI5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Pros:
1) The tower has a very nice view of the area
2) The staff were gracious enough to allow us to bring our bikes inside as it was raining outside so they are very thoughtful

Cons:
1) Cost money (and there really wasn't anything worth viewing inside, just the view outside)
2) "tower of History" is a bit of a misnomer as it does not provide much insight for the history of the area other than a few plaques & displays and a poorly created film
3) It is not well maintained.
Written January 22, 2015
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Thank you for visiting! Yes we do have some pretty good staff working with us. Since your visit we have done some painting in our interior levels, I will address needing to add more to the history part of the Tower with our curator and office staff.
Written August 14, 2020
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Katie G
Fort Wayne, Indiana102 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
We wanted to experience this and figured well of course an elevator is handicap accessible. Nope. There are steps to get to the elevator? So it was a no go. Might want to consider putting in a ramp area. Only makes sense to me.
Written September 22, 2014
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We are sorry that we are not able to be fully handicap accessible at the Tower of History. Do to the original construction of the property it does not allow us to add in a handicap ramp system.
Written June 1, 2015
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KOLDMN
Apple Valley, MN56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We've been to Sault Ste. Maire a number of times and this was our first time at the Tower. This is probably only something you would want to do once but we enjoyed it. They have an elevator to the top and a few other things to look at other than the view. At the most you will probably spend an hour here.
Written September 25, 2019
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Thank you for visiting us and leaving a review! We are so glad you enjoyed the view.
Written September 26, 2019
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Tom T
Brodhead, WI45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
interesting place, I was disappointed with the video presentation. Outdated and put the Native Americans in a poor light.
Written September 17, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I will pass along the information about needing to update our video to our director and office staff.
Written September 9, 2019
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TracieMichelle333
Detroit, MI420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
Definitely worth the price of admission! 210 feet above Sault Saint Marie. With a 360- degree view. How could you go wrong. This is a photographers dream! You have views of the Soo Locks, the International Bridge, all of the historic Sault Saint Marie and picturesque Canadian.

There is a very small Native American culture museum and a video of early history of the area. Small exhibits on local history, displaying local artifacts from the Ojibwa culture.

$7. is all it cost. Cheaper then a meal at McDonald's. I think people don't take in consideration how much it cost to maintain a structure like this. Just like with any business in the U.P., they have a very short time to make money. Most business in the U.P. tell me that they only make money 4 months out of the year. With that being said, I'll definitely send a little more so the attractions are still there when I come back the next year and not shut down do to a lack of funds.
Written October 21, 2015
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Thank you for visiting!
Written August 15, 2020
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Denice S
DeWitt, MI1,540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Located on Portage Avenue, the Tower is 21 stories (just over 210 feet). It’s a “can’t miss” landmark. There is an admission fee for this attraction. The Tower is open from mid-May to mid-October but closes by 5:00 or 5:30 p.m. depending on the time of the year. The ground level has a small gift shop. I recommend viewing the 15 minute video “The History of Sault Ste Marie”. It is a very informative and well presented video. If you are not afraid of heights, a trip to the top is a must. An express elevator takes us to the top of the tower for a bird's eye view of the famous Soo Locks, the S.S. Valley Camp freighter, and the surrounding vicinity. This would be a great place to be when a freighter goes through the Soo Locks. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen while we were here. There is an enclosed observation area with signs identifying what you are seeing. There are several outdoor observation decks too. One other thing, we were up here around 5 p.m. and the afternoon sun was making the skyline a bit hazy. Perhaps earlier in the day might offer a clearer view of the Soo Locks and International Bridge (west view).
Written July 8, 2015
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Just a small note on how you said it was a bit hazy with the afternoon sun. We have been getting smoke from the Canadian wildfires drifting in our area and that has been making it pretty hazy of and on for the last couple weeks.
Written July 10, 2015
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