Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

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Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
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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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kathy88888
Edina, MN124 contributions
This is a very interesting center focusing on the port and its history along with information about the various ships that come and go through the harbor. There is no guided tour but the displays are easy to read and provide enough but not an overwhelming amount of information. There are several video's which are great especially the one about the history of the canal and harbors. The Center is located at the end of Canal street so it is close to many hotels and restaurants. You can walk on the boardwalk or out to the lighthouse. The center is also easy for those with walking difficulties and is appropriate for older children. Parking is readily available in the area. Check the hours before you go since it is not open midweek.
Written September 29, 2021
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Cowboydavy115
Spokane, WA302 contributions
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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Madogfechan
Bishopton, UK307 contributions
Couples
We visited on a very snowy, stormy day and were glad to step out of the wind and into this fascinating museum. As visitors to the US it helped give us a better understanding of the Great Lakes and how they connect and provide an important trade route. We studied every display, watched the film and learned so much! It was fascinating to watch the stormy waves crash onto the shore from the large viewing windows.
Written January 12, 2020
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flowermite
Lafayette, LA43 contributions
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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suek357
McMahons Point, Australia26 contributions
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, MN455 contributions
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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Zotty
26 contributions
Family
My sister and I took my 5 year old grandnephew here for an afternoon visit. The museum is located in Canal Park, right next to the Aerial Lift Bridge. Admission is free.The 5 year old wanted to see a ship go under the bridge, which we did as soon as we got there. You are amazingly close to the bridge and the shipping canal, and the museum provides an outdoor announcement with info on the ship. We toured the museum to the fascination of the 5 year old and the great aunts. He absolutely loved the ship’s bridge display where you seem to be the captain of a laker, and we could not tear him away from the Soo Locks simulator, where you are in front of computer screens and a console to guide a ship through the lock. It’s quite realistic. We were there long enough to see another ship go under the bridge into the harbor to the delight of all of us. On our way out we visited the gift shop in the lower level, and we all bought Lake Superior shirts. The 5 year old was so taken with the Soo Locks simulator he thought on the ride home to northern Minnesota we were driving him to Michigan to actually operate the Soo Locks.
Written November 4, 2019
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Phil C
Burnsville, MN126 contributions
Family
Been here many times, but this was a first time for my grandson. We always found this free museum quite informative, with several exhibits kid-friendly. It’s really in the perfect location in Duluth.
Written July 6, 2019
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Dwight W
Prior Lake, MN50 contributions
A blustery day in Duluth was rewarded with watching a narrated trip under the bridge by an outbound freighter. Well worth the wind and waves.
Written May 19, 2019
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turbocat16
Freeport, IL180 contributions
Couples
Could spend hours in here. Displays are very informative. Arrived an hour before opening. Walked the pier and in doing so, noticed an abandoned suitcase near a walkway bench. Thought it was rather suspicious. Reported same to one of the ladies on duty. Thought she would report it to law enforcement. Nope-when out and checked it out herself. No threat as she determined it was probably left by a homeless person. Geez I thought. Nerves of steel, or you're crazy !
Written October 13, 2018
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