Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
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Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.
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Cowboydavy115
Spokane, WA287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
There is a lot of interesting history in this museum and it's the location of the Freighter Arrival & Departure notifications. Run by the Corp of Engineers, the Park Rangers are very friendly and informative. Very nice exhibits with hands on exhibits.
Written November 15, 2021
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amandak616
Erie, PA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My husband and I stopped in the maritime center while on a trip to Duluth recently. First of all, I couldn't believe it was free to go through the museum! The exhibits were all fascinating and I loved getting to learn more about Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. It's not a huge place but there's a ton of information there if you take some time to read through it all. There are some really fun interactive exhibit and there are consistently great views throughout the building. Overall, definitely worth a stop!
Written September 7, 2022
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD693 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
So-so. I get that there's probably not of money available (it's free), and if you look at it as a time filler rather than a destination, it's fine. Parking in a small lot gives you 3 hours miniumu which you won't need unless you walk around the tourist street nearby OR if you visit the Irvin (which looks like a great stop but I did not have time). Small displays inside with some interesting models and 3 recrated ships cabins, but really it's mostly older displays and spends much time on the Corps of Civil Engineers doins not directly related to the Great Lakes. A good filler if you have time for the freighter, otherwise, it's just to say that you've been and for some ariel bridge shots/access.
Written July 4, 2023
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ChrisMcNeil
Washington DC, DC336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
While staying at the Inn on Lake Superior, as I walked toward Lift Bridge I found the Visitor Center was open and offered free admission. I spent about 45 minutes exploring the Center, and fully appreciated the work that went into establishing the museum. The exhibits were well-developed and very interesting, with several that included video presentations. I found the Center to be a very informative way to spend time near Lift Bridge.
Written December 11, 2023
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Violette54
Payson, AZ5,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
While at Canal Park, we stopped in and looked around this Corp of Engineers Division in Duluth. There were some interesting exhibits, a nice gift shop, and clean restrooms. Parking is in the Canal Park lot, which is timed and prepaid by spot location, and an automated machine accepting credit cards. The Corp building is located right next to the lift bridge.
Written March 20, 2023
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SS_Forever
Dallas, TX526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We arrived early and was able to walk around the canal, see the lighthouse and the anchors around the area. There is also the tug boat to check out. Really enjoyed the exhibits (there were a few not working and wonder how long they have been down, appeared a while) and when upstairs we show a large boat coming into the harbor and ran outside to see the Lift Bridge in action. Then walked back in and continued our way thru.
Written September 4, 2023
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flowermite
Lafayette, LA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Since I am from another state, this was quite an adventure for me... To learn all that goes on, on Lake Superior. Inside the Visitor's Center you see different ships old and new...What they bring in and what they ship out.. Be prepared to feel wind off Lake Superior...Awesome sight!!
Written January 21, 2020
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smittync
Charlotte, NC370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I enjoyed everything. The displays were very informative. I learned many things about being a mariner on the Great Lakes. We also got to watch the bridge go up and down and to see a 'salty' pass under it from the 2nd story windows. a must see.
Written August 19, 2022
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suek357
Minneapolis, MN26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Maritime Museum in Duluth is a great place to take the kids and learn about shipping on the great lakes. There is a pilot house for the kids to pretend to steer a large ship, with all the attachments. There are interactive exhibits where the kids can hear and see what it was like to be a passenger or worker on a sailing ship back from the mid 1800's up to the early 1900's, with actual recorded narration of letters written to family from passengers at the time. Also really neat were the artifacts pulled up from Shipwrecks, as well as information about the shipyard, the Great Lakes (did you know that Lake Superior has enough water in it to submerge both North and South American under 1 foot of water?. It also is large enough to be subject to a tidal surge each day, called a seiche ("saysh"). If you want to know more interesting facts, you'll have to make it one of your stops.

Last, but not least, is the fact the aerial bridge is right there to watch go up and down. Look to the monitors to figure out what time a large sea vessel is due through the canal and make sure to come back and see that event....well worth bending your sightseeing to get back for that! Best of all.....it's FREE! No admission charge!
Written August 22, 2006
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Nicholas A
Minneapolis, MN442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
When at Canal Park, take a stroll through the Maritime Visitor Center, it is FREE! There is a lot to see, learn, touch, watch, and read. From shipwrecks to the history of shipping in Duluth. You can see when ships are coming in on the monitors and even watch the lift bridge. You could spend quite some time in the center and not see everything.
Written March 27, 2015
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