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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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A local treasure

This is a legendary naval vessel that is in tip-top condition with many features that make is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tim E
Fun and informative piece of history

We loved the opportunity to tour the ship and learn about its history, especially the day to day... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a legendary naval vessel that is in tip-top condition with many features that make is a must see venue for locals and tourists alike. Opportunities for stay overs make it an interesting option for kids and families. Tour guides make this an excellent...More

Thank Tim E
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We loved the opportunity to tour the ship and learn about its history, especially the day to day life of its passengers. Lots to see here and it will take you hours to truly see everything. It's self guided, but one of the gentleman was...More

Thank sgdoug
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

During these times of patriotism issues is places like this that reaffirm why we support our troops and honor our flag. This is a great museum and packed with a lot of history. The people that work the ship are knowledgeable and friendly. The time...More

Thank 446raymondr
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a cold & rainy afternoon on the USSEdson and had a wonderful time! Bill, our tour guide, was informative & humorous. He made the history of the Edson come alive with the stories he told. The Edson Incident (halloween haunted ship experience) is...More

Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

There's something for everyone! Vets, kids, computer nerds (that was me), history buffs, geography and weather buffs...everyone! Take one of the volunteer guided tours. Ours was over 2 hours and well worth it. Bill was fabulous and informative. Don't forget to tip and donate :)

Thank shrkchsr
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I was so overwhelmed at how many components go into a naval ship. I'm very glad we did the tour. It is a self directed tour so you need to keep track of which way you've gone so that you don't miss anything. It's such...More

Thank Sheryl L
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Served onboard the USS Edson from 1979-81 so it was a trip down memory lane to visit the old girl for the second time since I'd walked off the brow in Newport, RI. Was so glad to see that Bay City rescued her from moth...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 13 September 2017

You get to explore almost all of the ship, you can take all the time you would like. Experience what it was like for the sailors to move around in all the tight areas.

Thank Debbie F
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We took my friends' child to visit USS Edson when we were in Bay City area. This naval ship museum is all about this grey ghost of the Vietnamese coast. It's surprised me that how big of this ship is and it took us more...More

Thank WindyandSun
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We took our grandchildren to this and they ask to go again every time we are in the area. They enjoyed seeing the "ship life" and it's a pretty good activity no matter what the weather is.

Thank heynowmel
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Liz S
19 July 2017|
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Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There are a few tight spots but our guide warned us about them. There was only one place that two of the people in our group chose to go around. There are real steps so no ladders to slide down as the sailors would have done.
Amber J
4 July 2017|
Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There's a parks where I would believe dogs are allowed, on the river, beside the ship, but I didn't see any dogs on the ship.
22 June 2016|
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Response from Carla M | Property representative |
Hello, Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-16, and those 5 and under are free.