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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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This is several museums in one. First, it was a working freighter and you can see how life may have been aboard ship. Second, it has an unbelievable collection of ship wreck... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 September 2016
Irene S
Pontiac, Michigan
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Southfield, Michigan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I have been to the Valley Camp several times and have always looked forward to the visit.Sept 21st 2016 was thoroughly a disappointing visit. We had to leave within a half hour of entering the ship due to the interior painting project going on. The highly toxic smell and dizziness from the paint was very uninviting. Having paid full price... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you're in "Soo" and seeing the locks and having cherry cider and pasties, you really should visit the Valley Camp. An hour or so should do it (you'll be on your feet the whole time), and every member of your party will probably find something special inside. For us it was the Edmund Fitzgerald film and exhibit, the model... More 

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Pontiac, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is several museums in one. First, it was a working freighter and you can see how life may have been aboard ship. Second, it has an unbelievable collection of ship wreck relics. Thrid, they have an aquarium that showcases the fish of the Great Lakes. You can spend several hours here and it would be a wonderful raindy day... More 

Thank Irene S
West Branch, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I & our grandchildren visited this ship museum and was very overwhelmed by the amount of history and information about the shipping industry of our great state. I myself was just amazed to see the Edmund Fitzgerald display that they had there. The actual life boats that were recovered from the Fitz was on display and you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you want to more about the shipping history of the Great Lakes and ships like the Edmund Fitzgerald this is certainly worth a stop. Only one hour from Mackinac City, MI this is a great day trip. This retired "laker" is a fun walk through to understand the lives of merchant seamen on the Great Lakes. Many excellent displays... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We enjoyed walking through the ship, learned a lot about shipping on the Great Lakes. Great displays.

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Marinette, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Very informative. Huge museum display in the ship. Very well done. There was so much to see and the 4 adults in our group enjoyed it immensely. I would like to bring our grandchildren there someday. They would enjoy it too.

Thank cvandonsel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Museum is huge. Lots and of history and lots of things to see. It was a little expensive for a museum. It costs us about $35 for three of us. Most of the museum are stories so you need to spend a lot of time reading a full story instead of letting object of snippets tell a story.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

While the ship itself is interesting to all (even young children), the best part of it is the evident pride in northern Michigan's shipping industry. Many people would not realize how important this industry is the the country without the incredible displays here. So well done!

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Monte Di Procida, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Many people have heard of the tragic sinking of the Great Lakes iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald. Howeve, few know the full story of how it and thousands of other ships wrote the story of our nation. The 500 ft long museum ship Valley Camp tells that story in an amazing series of displays, movies, photos, and artifacts. In fact,... More 

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