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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

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very neat

so cool to step on board a ship and see what it is like on one of the ships that sails the great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TravelGavin
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New York City, New York
A great place to visit

The SS William Irvin is a great living museum to visit, and there’s something for everyone to... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
BSterlingV
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
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350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802-2600
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

so cool to step on board a ship and see what it is like on one of the ships that sails the great lakes. worth the visit. put it on your list.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelGavin
Reviewed 24 October 2018

If this is something you want to see, better check before you go. We wanted to see this museum and could not find it. We were informed it was gone, and would not return for at least a year.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

The SS William Irvin is a great living museum to visit, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We took some visitors there from the UK and they loved it. One of the teenagers was into photography and he took some amazing pictures for his...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank BSterlingV
ChristinaJ2194, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

How neat! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We would be thrilled to have you aboard for our Haunted Ship. The event feels less ghost hunt, and more geared towards a walk-through haunted house with costumed actors. The Haunted Ship will be closed this season...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018

Wanted to see it around my visit for the Marathon, but it appeared closed with a lot of construction stuff and Marathon setup going on in the area. I asked several locals and no one seemed to be sure if it was closed for a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Hello, We are sorry we missed you! Yes, due to the repairs along the seawall and pollution remediation in the slip, the Irvin is closed for the entire 2018 season. The ship will reopen spring 2019. We hope to see you back in Duluth soon.

Reviewed 7 July 2018

We enjoyed the tour of this smaller iron ore boat. It was interesting to learn the reasons causing the Edmund Fitzgerald and how the iron ore boats were run. The tours are every half hour and there is much to see besides just the boat...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Renee Z
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

We are pleased you enjoyed your tour on the Irvin. Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 5 July 2018

This was a very memorial experience for me as I'd grown up around freighters but never been inside one! The tour brings you down through the engine rooms, crew quarters, up into guest rooms with ornate hand-carved wood trim... all with the a pleasant tour...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Nancy J
Christina J, Public Relations Manager at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Nancy, thank you for the outstanding review. We love to hear our guests enjoying the tour. We hope you visit again!

Reviewed 19 June 2018

The ship is closed for this season's as they are moving it and doing some needed repair to the surrounding slip it is moored in. The Irvin gives a good example of what living on the great lakes is all about and how longshoremen worked...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank crklehr
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Duluth with our grandchildren and hoped we could take a tour. Unfortunately the Irvin is closed for the season while renovations on the dock and harbor are underway. Too bad because it looked so interesting.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 113caroll
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Interesting exhibits of the transport on the Greatest of Great Lakes. History brought to life. A required stop every time we visit the north shore, which is often. Can't drive by without stoping. Sometimes you can watch an ore boat pass through the canal. Always...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank dlars
Reviewed 15 March 2018

I grew up in the area and have seen a couple of lakers. If you have not toured one before this may be special. However if you have walked through one before it all looks the same.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank John T
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Response from Matthew D | Reviewed this property |
$12 for adults. I don’t recall the cost for kids. They do a military discount if you have an ID card. Also, it’s $5 to park in the parking lot right across the street. There are other options for parking though if you don’t... More
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Response from Mary M | Reviewed this property |
no strollers, .small stairwells and to many steps to go up and down would not recommend stroller of any kind
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