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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

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very neat

so cool to step on board a ship and see what it is like on one of the ships that sails the great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TravelGavin
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New York City, New York
A great place to visit

The SS William Irvin is a great living museum to visit, and there’s something for everyone to... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2018
BSterlingV
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“steep stairs”(29 reviews)
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Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
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350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802-2600
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+1 218-722-7876
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 27, 2011

I'm not sure if I can give an accurate description of the tour as we went during October when it was turned into a haunted ship. That was an excellent thing to do with older children. It's definitely meant to be scary so I wouldn't...More

5  Thank Elms4
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Wanted to see it around my visit for the Marathon, but it appeared closed with a lot of construction stuff and Marathon setup going on in the area. I asked several locals and no one seemed to be sure if it was closed for a...More

3  Thank ralph r
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Hello, We are sorry we missed you! Yes, due to the repairs along the seawall and pollution remediation in the slip, the Irvin is closed for the entire 2018 season. The ship will reopen spring 2019. We hope to see you back in Duluth soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

so cool to step on board a ship and see what it is like on one of the ships that sails the great lakes. worth the visit. put it on your list.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If this is something you want to see, better check before you go. We wanted to see this museum and could not find it. We were informed it was gone, and would not return for at least a year.

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Reviewed August 29, 2018

The SS William Irvin is a great living museum to visit, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We took some visitors there from the UK and they loved it. One of the teenagers was into photography and he took some amazing pictures for his...More

Thank BSterlingV
ChristinaJ2194, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

How neat! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We would be thrilled to have you aboard for our Haunted Ship. The event feels less ghost hunt, and more geared towards a walk-through haunted house with costumed actors. The Haunted Ship will be closed this season...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Wanted to see it around my visit for the Marathon, but it appeared closed with a lot of construction stuff and Marathon setup going on in the area. I asked several locals and no one seemed to be sure if it was closed for a...More

3  Thank ralph r
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Hello, We are sorry we missed you! Yes, due to the repairs along the seawall and pollution remediation in the slip, the Irvin is closed for the entire 2018 season. The ship will reopen spring 2019. We hope to see you back in Duluth soon.

Reviewed July 7, 2018

We enjoyed the tour of this smaller iron ore boat. It was interesting to learn the reasons causing the Edmund Fitzgerald and how the iron ore boats were run. The tours are every half hour and there is much to see besides just the boat...More

1  Thank Renee Z
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

We are pleased you enjoyed your tour on the Irvin. Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 5, 2018

This was a very memorial experience for me as I'd grown up around freighters but never been inside one! The tour brings you down through the engine rooms, crew quarters, up into guest rooms with ornate hand-carved wood trim... all with the a pleasant tour...More

1  Thank Nancy J
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Nancy, thank you for the outstanding review. We love to hear our guests enjoying the tour. We hope you visit again!

Reviewed June 18, 2018

The ship is closed for this season's as they are moving it and doing some needed repair to the surrounding slip it is moored in. The Irvin gives a good example of what living on the great lakes is all about and how longshoremen worked...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Duluth with our grandchildren and hoped we could take a tour. Unfortunately the Irvin is closed for the season while renovations on the dock and harbor are underway. Too bad because it looked so interesting.

Thank 113caroll
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Interesting exhibits of the transport on the Greatest of Great Lakes. History brought to life. A required stop every time we visit the north shore, which is often. Can't drive by without stoping. Sometimes you can watch an ore boat pass through the canal. Always...More

Thank dlars
Reviewed March 14, 2018

I grew up in the area and have seen a couple of lakers. If you have not toured one before this may be special. However if you have walked through one before it all looks the same.

Thank John T
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angelanita55
October 15, 2017|
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Response from Matthew D | Reviewed this property |
$12 for adults. I don’t recall the cost for kids. They do a military discount if you have an ID card. Also, it’s $5 to park in the parking lot right across the street. There are other options for parking though if you don’t... More
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Mothermo
September 19, 2016|
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Response from Mary M | Reviewed this property |
no strollers, .small stairwells and to many steps to go up and down would not recommend stroller of any kind
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