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“Two museums in one” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum Ship Valley Camp

Museum Ship Valley Camp
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the website link on Tripadvisor. Retired Great Lakes Freighter with over 100 exhibits on Shipping and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Access into the Engine Room, walk the Upper Deck to see crew quarters and pilot house. 3 levels to tour with ramp system for easy access.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Delano, Minnesota
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Two museums in one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

The ship itself is a floating museum in itself, which you can tour at your own pace. Follow the signs and go below decks into the engine room, the aft steering compartment, and past the giant boilers. Above deck you go to the stern and see the crews quarters and galley and mess room. Go forward and see the officers quarters (notice the difference?) the captains quarters and the pilothouse. Inside of the cargo holds are the bulk of the exhibits, too many to name, but all interesting and well laid out. Of note are the battered lifeboats from the Edmund Fitzgerald, a humble reminder of that terrible November night. The gift shop is next door

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Venice, Florida
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50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Onboard a Freighter”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

This was great! Displays, seeing the cavernous hull and the engine room ,watching a movie about the Edmund Fitzgerald, seeing one of the lifeboats from that ship, and seeing the crews quarters. It was all fascinating. Then you walk on the upper deck and look down and see the whole expanse of the ship before you and it's breathtaking. It's a self-guided tour with signs directing you throughout the ship. There are steps and ramps to navigate but not difficult at all. It took us about two hours including the movie. A must see.

Visited August 2012
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“729 foot lake freighter.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

This is a 729 foot lake steamer that you can walk around and see the size of the ship and how the sailors live. Also has the lifeboat found after the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk and lost 29 men.

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Detroit, Michigan
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

Pretty good experience, may be boring for young kids. It was an opportunity that you don’t usually get, being on a ship that size. The workers were very helpful and if you take the time to read all of the information, the museum is quite educational.
Pros: Getting to explore most of the ship
Plenty to see and do
Cons: VERY hot since there is no air/not much ventilation
Restrooms are in building across parking lot
Needs a few updates

Visited July 2012
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Worth your time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is a Great chance to walk aboard an actual Freighter that once sailed the Great Lakes. You will gain a much greater understanding of Life Aboard one of these vessels for the many men who worked them. The Museum Portion is Extremely Interesting and Educational, a wonderful Family Experience for all ages. A Visit you won't soon forget!!!!

Visited July 2012
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