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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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Great Visit for History Buffs

This attraction is dedicated to the Upper Great Lakes history. There is information about the Edmund Fitzgerald and other historical information. Great displays of the cabins... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

This attraction is dedicated to the Upper Great Lakes history. There is information about the Edmund Fitzgerald and other historical information. Great displays of the cabins and living conditions aboard the Valley Camp. However, this is NOT handicap friendly. There is uneven walking conditions and some areas inaccessible by wheelchair. Overall, it was a good family spot

Thank magicmom71
Lyons, United States
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great museum! We have visited other ships and we were impressed how much access we had to this freighter. The displays are interesting. The only drawback was it did get quite warm in the boat as the afternoon wore on, but they had large fans to circulate air.

Thank Barbara M
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Museum inside a ship. Neat to be able to walk through an actual ship while seeing objects from ships and shipwrecks. I got a little claustrophobic, but my husband took a lot of time, reading the massive amounts of information on each level. Lots of info on the shipping industry, history and shipwrecks. Nice memorial to the Edmund Fitzgerald crew.... More 

Thank SueBee1951
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We didn't know what to expect and were really surprised to find how much of the ship we could experience. It was so interesting to see how life on a freighter might be like and learn about the ships themselves. Just walking on deck was a thrill. It's well worth touring the USS Valley Camp!

Thank Susan N
Toledo, Ohio
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Traveled last year with just my son and I brought my husband this year! Great trip for kids and lake lovers of any age. We want to bring my parents next year!!

Thank parrottfisch
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We toured the ship. You get out of the museum what you put in. Very interesting to find out a lot of facts and history about the Great Lakes, freighters, people, etc. We did the scavenger hunt while we were on the ship. Museums are tricky with a family of five. I was pleasantly surprised that everyone was engaged. Thumbs... More 

Thank Ted G
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

I visited with our two teenagers during our road trip around the UP. We really had a lot of fun touring this ship. Parts of the ship have displays relating to different aspects of freighters on the Great Lakes. The rest of the ship remains intact to tour. My kids favorite parts were the Edmund Fitzgerald Display and touring the... More 

Thank Marsha W
Brookfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Excellent time, informative and very timeworthy...get the package for the tower view, excellent time spent

Thank Susan S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This was a very large freighter turned into a museum full of historical artifacts. The display regarding the Edmund Fitzgerald was particularly attractive to us as we had heard about its ill fated voyage. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the Soo area to check it out.

Thank hellohammond
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting exhibit. Tons of information on the history of the shipping industry. Lots to read and see. Explore the ships quarters as they were during its working days. Aquarium exhibit of the local fish In the area. Expect it to be as hot if not hotter inside the ship on a warm day.

Thank Momoftwinsplus3

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