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Steamboat Era Museum
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Irvington
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

I'd been to the SEM several times two to five years ago and, while it was ok it did not really grab my interest. There was too little to see and what was there was not well presented. In fact, it didn't feel like a museum at all. It felt like a conglomeration of old stuff from someone's attic which was presented haphazardly and in no particular order.
Well, it's not that way anymore. When I walked in there about a week ago I was delighted to see changes. It's become much more well organized and the displays were presented thoughtfully. It's become a museum with a lot to say about the area (the Northern Neck of Virginia) during the era in which steamboats plied the Chesapeake Bay and the Tidewater Rivers.
All the displays were not yet finished. It's evident that this is a work in progress, but it is progressing in the right direction big time!
It's a very nice small museum and certainly worth a visit.

1  Thank DnYC176
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

What a unique experience. Our guide was very informative and had first hand experience riding the steamboats. Video presentation was excellent. We had no idea what an important part the steamboats played in that part of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region.

Thank Sean8tv
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

For its size and location, this is really quite a nice little museum. Well worth going to Irvington to see this.

Thank LuvNorNeck
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We never realized that steamboats plied the Chesapeake Bay during the late 1800's to around 1935. Baltimore was generally the originating port. Sleek boats (not like the Mississippi River boxes) with overnight accommodations and fine dining.

Thank 500Bill
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

This small, special museum is filled with the aura of steamboats--a period in our history usually overlooked. It is unique to the Northern Neck of Virginia and totally fascinating. Our tour guide is the granddaughter of the captain featured here, and she knows EVERYTHING about the era and captivates your attention. This one is a DON'T MISS FOR SURE!

Thank langail
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