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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

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Address: 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802-2600
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+1 218-722-7876
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Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.

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Inside, Outside, Up, Down, Steep Stairs

Very, Very interesting. Wear shoes for walking and climbing. Flip flops......not so much. A fun back in time snap shot of what ship life on the Great Lakes was like. Nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very, Very interesting. Wear shoes for walking and climbing. Flip flops......not so much. A fun back in time snap shot of what ship life on the Great Lakes was like. Nice staff and gift shop. The 10 and up group would enjoy the physical activity. The 50 and up group, depends.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

This gives you a true experience in what being a crew member, enduring the Great Lakes in good weather and bad. And remember they are as long as 1000 feet these days.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

It is great to see these ships retained for the future generations to view & admire. One of several kept as floating Museums ( "Valley Camp" Sault St. Marie MI etc.) but as usual our impeccable timing had it closed for the season !! Still an impressive sight to wander around & admire , they are Big Mothers !!

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Thank Skeney57
Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun ship to tour, through October. Wish it was open after Oct, especially when the weather is nice. Have done this tour before and would recommend it.

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Thank Susan B
Kenyon, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

I've always wanted to try the haunted tour on the S.S. William Irvin ship, but couldn't get anyone to go with me. Now I know why. I finally convinced by sister to go. We were terrified the entire 45 minutes! It was very well done - almost too well done! I highly recommend it if you're in to haunted houses,... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Take the time and explore this great boat. We had a great docent who took us through the whole boat and explained the operations and daily living. What a kitchen! What lodgings - cozy is the right word. It is well worth it to see how these folks live.

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Owatonna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

There was a lot about ore ships that I did not know about, and this tour was very informational! Our tour guide was an older gentleman and he was great. You get to see a lot of the ship.. How things were ran back then, how they lived, etc. I'd recommend giving it a shot and taking a tour, but... More 

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Thank HollyJean21
Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

If you are fascinated by scary tours this is the place to go. Took the tour today with my husband. I was screaming within the first minute of this tour. Death grip on the husband the rest of the time. Who ever is responsible for putting all this together did a fabulous job and I will NEVER do this tour... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Took our two boys, 14 and 10, and this was just perfect for them-- nice amount of scares, jumps and screams. We must have been in there for 25 min finding our way around in the dark, tight spots. Strobe lights, spinning bridge, a lot of fun. It was somewhat similar to the Haunted boat we had went on in... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

By far the best haunted experience in MN. The actors were amazing and authentic. Very well organized and creatively done. The teenagers loved it and the 10 year old as well. Great job!

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