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“Great Museum and FREE!”

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Ranked #7 of 94 things to do in Duluth
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Owner description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great Museum and FREE!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

There are not many museums these days that are free, but this one is! We learned so much about many types of boats, about boats that sank, how important these vessels are to the economy, the weather in the Great Lakes, as well as wonderful information about the Great Lakes and Lake Superior. I thought I knew about shipping on the Great Lakes, but I know SO much more now! You will not regret the time spent visiting this museum!

Visited September 2013
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Free and informative”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Not many museums are free these days, but this one is and contains tons of interesting information about the Great Lakes. We only had about 45 minutes before having to meet some friends for lunch and we could have used some more time to do this place justice. Now I understand lot more about shipping on the lakes, shipwrecks, the lake ecosystem, and lots more.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“What a bargain!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Some friends told us about this museum, and we rushed to get there before they closed for the evening. It turned out, they were open a bit later than we expected on that Sunday. This is a FREE museum with all kinds of information about the Great Lakes, in particular, Lake Superior. There were engine room and bunk room replicas, information about the various freighters, and a great Edmund Fitzgerald display. Since we only had the one night, and also wanted to visit another attraction before closing, we didn't get to spend as much time here as we could have. It is well worth your time to come here, and it's right next to the lift bridge.

Visited September 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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479 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 535 helpful votes
“A must do in the area”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

I must be honest and admit that we only visited here as the atrocious weather prevented us from doing other things.

It was a good decision though and I'm still astonished that there is no charge for this.

In addition to the many fascinating exhibits there is a documentary running which follows several cargo ships coming in and out of the port to load/unload.

The staff on hand were extremely knowledgeable and welcomed questions.

A great way to spend a few hours.

Visited September 2013
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Loved it, went here 3 times in 5 days”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

It has so much history and cool maritime related displays! My son really enjoyed hearing the ship captains talking to the Aerial Lift bridge attendant as the ships got closer and closer to the canal! Just a real neat place to go and it is FREE! They could charge and we would go back!

Visited August 2013
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