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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

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Address: 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802-2600
Phone Number: 218-722-7876
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Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.

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Not your typical Ore boat museum

This boat was a "flag ship" for the company and was outfitted with beautiful rooms for guests. The guide was knowledgeable about sailing on the lakes and the life.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
ella z
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Curtice, Ohio
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Curtice, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This boat was a "flag ship" for the company and was outfitted with beautiful rooms for guests. The guide was knowledgeable about sailing on the lakes and the life.

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went on board the SS William an Irvin 650 Ft. USS (steel) Lake oar freighter (built in 1938). Surprise to us it is also $5 Thursday for this attraction also. The freighter is in very good condition after being retired in 1968. She stood idle for ten years, where it was saved from the scrap yards and turned into this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you enjoy large ships or Great Lakes shipping, this is the tour for you. Very interesting stories about life aboard an ore hauler. Tom (our tour guide) was knowledgeable and entertaining. $5 Tuesday pricing made it all the better! You climb all over the big boat, up and down stairs, so wear comfortable shoes. A great tour on a... More 

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Thank Dan H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the tour. We had a 9 and 7 year old with and they really liked it. There is lots of stair climbing so please be aware. The best part was our tour guide Bill. He was very informative with just the right amount of humor! It was the perfect way to start our North Shore Vacation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Duluth for a wedding Labor Day weekend and found ourselves with some free time. Since my husband and 11-year-old son are history buffs, we decided to take the tour. Our tour guide, Davin, was outstanding. Just the right mix of humor and anecdotes sprinkled in with a whole lot of history. Our kids loved every second. The... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed visiting the William A. Irvin with my boyfriend (who is the boat nerd... I am happily along for the ride). We have done several other boat tours, and it was a really cool experience to tour such a large ship, and one designed for transporting so much heavy cargo- I cannot believe it floats. At first, the facts... More 

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Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting tour. It would interest older children as well as adults. There are stairs to climb, and I managed even though I tend to have some limitations. The guide was very knowledgeable and made it a fun time for all.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking a tour of the William Irvin provides a rare chance to see inside one of those beautiful ships that we see out in the open water.

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was a one hour guided tour. If stairs are a problem, this isn't the tour for you. I think our guide said there were 19 "ladders". These aren't traditional ladders with rungs but are steep, narrow stairs. Our guide was very good. We saw the engine room, officer dining room, galley, and the opulent guest quarters for the... More 

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a self-proclaimed boatnerd, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see the behind-the-seen's locations of this Great Lakes freighter. Seth did a great job with our rather large group. I'm so glad that this floating museum exists.

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