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“A Superior Museum On Lake Superior” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Ranked #7 of 94 things to do in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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284 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“A Superior Museum On Lake Superior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I am a trained commercial diver and a collector of old diving equipment, and I had read several years ago, that there was a set in this museum. Also, I just like maritime and nautical museums in general. I finally had the chance to visit this wonderful place while in Minnesota for a convention last summer. The museum is very clean with great displays of the local maritime history of Lake Superior. It is free to the general public. There are ship models, and everything is well labeled and educational for all ages. Even my two traveling pet rabbits enjoyed themselves. The particular model diving helmet on display was not a particularly rare model, but it was in above average condition for its age. Whoever set up the display; mistakenly put the weight belt on backwards....buckle should go in back of diver. There are also some great dining places and shopping right near the museum. I highly recommend! Two thumbs up!!

Visited July 2012
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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“This is a fun and FREE thing to do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our family really likes to spend time here. I like to listen to the people who are in the rooms, the kids like to look out at the ships. My husband loves to watch the ships go under the bridge.

Visited August 2012
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Small museum packed with info about shipping on Lake Superior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great 45 minute stop on park point, small store with great books about Lake Superior and life along its shores. The place to be waiting for the next ore boat to pass under the lift bridge.

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Minnesota
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188 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“It's in the visitor center!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

New to Duluth, we had a hard time finding this address. If you find the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, you have found this great little museum. So informative about the maritime history of the Great Lakes Region. You will be right next to the aerial bridge and may see ships coming in or out. Hint - the staffer gave us the website to track when ships are scheduled. www.duluthboats.com She said the schedule is not a sure thing, but look for "Duluth" among the listings. The shipping season closes on January 15th and reopens around March 25th. Check ahead for hours and days of the week. Free and has restrooms. :)

Visited January 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Fine Little Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The Maritime Museum isn't big, but it's filled with everything from a double expansion steam engine to a 1920's vintage pilot house off an old ore boat. The entry hall offers a fine collection of historic photos tracing the history of Duluth and shipping that uses the port. Three dioramas offer a glimpse of ship cabins. The exhibits haven't been updated in a very long time, but this is still a worthwhile visit. Free.

Visited December 2012
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