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Museum Ship Valley Camp

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Address: 501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
Phone Number:
+1 906-632-3658
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the...

We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the website link on Tripadvisor. Retired Great Lakes Freighter with over 100 exhibits on Shipping and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Access into the Engine Room, walk the Upper Deck to see crew quarters and pilot house. 3 levels to tour with ramp system for easy access.

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Lots of History

We enjoyed all the nautical history. The information about the ships. Where they were built, when, the captain the boat company, origin. So, if you have boaters or history lovers... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We enjoyed all the nautical history. The information about the ships. Where they were built, when, the captain the boat company, origin. So, if you have boaters or history lovers they would surely enjoy this spot. They have the schedule for boats entering the locks as well so you must enjoy watching this marvelous experience.

Thank cargirl7
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

this museum is HUGE, we got lost a few times. What a wonderful place. there was a lot of things to look at.

Thank skunklady
Rockford, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This visit gives a person a tour of an older Lake Freighter. The wheelhouse, crew's quarters, and engine room are open to visit. What was formerly the hold, cargo area, features displays of artifacts relevant to the Great Lakes Shipping industry. The Valley Camp is small compared to today's freighters. Touring this relatively small ship give one an appreciation of... More 

Thank Fred_49341
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 599 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

With thoughts leaning towards the Edmund Fitzgerald we came upon this huge example of the same type of ore carrier that frequented the Lakes. Again being out of season we could only admire the exterior but luckily met the curator (Paul) who then took us on a exploration thru the Town ! What a lovely memory & well worth the... More 

Thank Skeney57
Alfred, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

In the early 70's, I would casually watch the ships pass through the locks. I regret that I didn't pay more attention. As I walked through the Valley Camp I thought damn, I missed a great opportunity to enjoy these ships, the Great Lakes, crews, the industry itself. Coincidentally, for some reason though I became fascinated by the Fitzgerald. Read... More 

Thank JoeyK2559
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We learned a lot in this museum about the oar and shipping industry. We were amazed at the size of the ship. The exhibits are well laid out and easy to visit. The staff was friendly and answered our questions as well as give use additional details. If we were in the area, we would certainly stop to see the... More 

Thank Patricia E
Hudsonville, Michigan
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Because it was raining when we wanted to go on the Soo Locks Boat tour we decided to tour the Valley Camp in the meantime. We were all glad that we took that opportunity to tour the ship and learn so many interesting things and to see how the crew members lived while on board. It is wonderful that the... More 

Thank patti19672016
Grove, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The weather was cold and raining so we opted for a couple of hours in this museum. We enjoyed it very much - particularly the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck section. It included a couple of documentaries about the shipwreck. I think all ages would enjoy this museum.

Thank CayugaCarol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Plan on several hours to see all the exhibits in the hull. Great Edmund Fitzgerald display (they have the lifeboats)

Thank Nancy S
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very interesting overview of the commercial shipping industry in the great lakes. Some displays are a bit dated but still interesting

Thank Ryan G

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