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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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This is a big ship -- although it was taken out of service because it was too smal for further service on the lakes. There are many steps into the various sections of the ship on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a big ship -- although it was taken out of service because it was too smal for further service on the lakes. There are many steps into the various sections of the ship on the different levels. The tour guide spoke clearly and quite rapidly to get all the information out. She was also able to answer any... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting. Try to go on Tuesdays! Only $5 per person. Definitely worth the $5 but not much more than that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

1st thing I liked was that Vets/ military are half price and kids are free with each paying adult. The ship is self tour with spots that there is a guide to tell you about stuff. Some of the areas are places to touch and see how big the chains and anchors are. It was impressive to see how big... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a very interesting day , so many guides throughout the ship knew so much of the history, lots of walking and very narrow ladders.

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Mesa, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Small group makes easy to hear and th gal on our tour was very knowledgeable. Did not have to wait long for tour, was really good for us older folks. Did not have to hurry along and good see everything up close.

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Hebron, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great piece of maritime history and an interesting tour. This was the Tall Ships weekend, so instead of a fully guided tour their were more restrictive self guided tours. The ship is nicely restored and maintained. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the highlight of our trip. Both of our boys (6 and 10) said this was their favorite. Get a first-hand view of what it's like on a freighter. See crew rooms, dining rooms, captains deck, pilot room, and inside the hold.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Duluth for a family vacation and our 3 kids really wanted to go on a ship. Our tour guide was Sara, she was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the ship and it's operations. She did a great job of making sure that everyone had a chance to ask questions and gave warnings about steep stairs, heights, etc.... More 

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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time I've toured the Irvin. It's a fascinating look at the shipping industry that built up around the Great Lakes. The tour is led by a guide who takes you all over the ship, from top to bottom. Loved our tour guide. He was friendly and had the answers to our questions. We went on a... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome tour with our tour guide Bill!! It was super interesting and a great learning experience. We had a fair number of kids and Bill did a fantastic job keeping their interest. Got lucky and showed up on w Tuesday when it is $5 per person.

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