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Unusual marine experience, great museum inside the ship.

Tours of the LST, one if a kind remaining. Fascinating museum inside the ship. Staff is... read more

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Muskegon, Michigan
LST 393 Museum

This museum has everything you need to learn about how the military equipment was moved at sea in... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
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All reviews self guided tour engine room floating museum main deck piece of history military equipment living quarters highly recommend if you are wheel house ww ii spend a couple hours great tribute nice job great museum mobility issues spent almost world war
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We visited to really see the ship and what it was about and climb around. We were able to do the climbing, there were actually a couple areas you could access that you probably shouldn't be able to, but it was fun to see it all.

The museum part was underwhelming. There wasn't much about the actual ship and it's purpose, as opposed to many other pieces of memorabilia. There were a great number of models that were in the ship, which I understand volunteers or others may have made and donated, but they really did more to clutter the overall experience than help it. Many of the models did not even pertain to WWII and the ship's history.

Some parts of the ship were in great shape and neat to see, others, such as the command deck and galley, while cool to look at, really lacked any meaningful information displayed to help understand the purposes of all the items.

Overall, it was a fine way to spend a couple hours with the kids, but we all left underwhelmed by the information on the ship and overwhelmed by the random items and displays strewn about the ship.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank croker10
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

The LST are war ships built to be piloted at high speed, deliberately grounding them onto a beach, offloading, and then floating away once the heavy load is off. They carried troops, tanks, jeeps and other assault and support vehicles.

LST 393, one of only two surviving WW II LST ships left, participated in the D-Day invasion and made 30 trips across the English Channel over several days. LST 393 in her career carried almost 10,000 troops, 5000 prisoners of war, and 800 casualties. After the war, it was modified and used for as a Lake Michigan ferry for many years.

Now it's been carefully restored by a crew of volunteers and today you might even find a volunteer on board who served on one.

Getting there: This attraction is located in the heart of Muskegon, right on the harbor. You won't have any trouble finding it. Parking is free as well. Park as far up near the bow (front) as you can - that's the entry point.

You enter via the large bow door which served as a ramp for offloading. After paying your fee, be sure to go right (technically the port side of the ship) and spend 20 minutes watching the film. It's the actual training film that was shown to all sailors and transports, and will tell you about the ship's special features, and give you an idea of everything that goes on in the ship. It's a little dry for younger folks, but just pretend you're in the Army, and you have no place to go, and you'll appreciate the experience just a little more. Maybe.

Tours are self-guiding, and you'll receive a map with your admission. There's a lot to see, and there are usually plenty of volunteers around to help with interpretation, directions, or just to chat.

I'd plan on a good 60-120 minutes to see the ship. As long as they are ok with steep stairways, children and teens should enjoy walking all over the ship. On the main vehicular deck are many artifacts. LST 393 served not just at Normandy, but also in the invasion of Salerno, and the occupation of Sicily. Many artifacts were donated by veterans. In particular, ask at the front desk about the flags. LST 393 has two priceless flags and they are easy to miss.

A terrific day out, and after you visit LST 393, don't miss the USS Silversides museum a few miles away in Pere Marquette Park.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

My 11 year-old son & I spent almost 2 hours on this ship. It's well done with materials not just from WW2 but other wars too. I highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Kate043
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I am not much of a military history buff but very much enjoyed the self guided tour of this WWII vessel. I found out as we signed in and were given a brief history of the ship and the LST ships that served. This is floating museum with many artifacts from many countries.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Both of us enjoyed it, but my husband loved it. The staff were very helpful in answering questions or giving us information. I would recommend it

Date of experience: August 2017
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