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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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A great way to see how the U.S. Navy lived and fought in the 50s through the 80s

The USS Edson (DD-946) is a 1950s era destroyer that is moored at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kent, Ohio
USS Edson DD-946

This trip was for my husband & his buddy as they were in the Navy. It was fun listening to them... read more

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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost...more
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1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The USS Edson (DD-946) is a 1950s era destroyer that is moored at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum and is open for all to go aboard and tour the ship. Quite a bit of the ship is open for public viewing, including the after...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was for my husband & his buddy as they were in the Navy. It was fun listening to them talk of the ‘good ole dayz’. I enjoyed this tour, especially as I could go at my own pace. There were quite a few...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great way to spend a Sunday! We were looking for something for our 16 year old and we all ended up having fun. I recommend searching for Bill, the volunteer who guided us through the entire ship. His anecdotes, personal experience stories and...More

Thank Aubrea B
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We are all counting down the days until Bill retires and we can have more of his time. The haunted ship is called the Edson Incident and will open September 21. It will run every Friday and Saturday through...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in bay city Michigan on our way around the thumb of Michigan. Saw this naval museum and thought we should take it in. So thankful we did. The uss edson A destroyer of the American navy from the mid fifties until the mid eighties...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had expected a museum that included a variety of exhibits and artifacts. This museum is the USS Edson. We started the self guided tour when we heard a gentleman explaining some interesting things to a visitor. We honed in on their voices so we...More

2  Thank solomon5
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Tour guides are available on a first come first serve basis when there is one available or by making a reservation. We have heard from several visitors that their GPS located us correctly but many are still having...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience! A piece if history with so many stories on board. Pretty much free range of the ship. Alot of great period artifacts! Will never forget this visit!!

Thank dacummings11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We explored the ship, it was a self guided tour, I think we saw everything that we could see. It was interesting to see how little private area each sailor had. I enjoyed the ship, and was surprised that a Navy ship was available to...More

Thank Rambob1
Reviewed 19 August 2018

USS Edson was a member of the first class of destroyers built after WWII. The Forrest Shermans were well armed gun platforms with three 5-inch and four 3-inch guns (Today's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers only have one 5-inch gun by comparison) as well as six torpedo...More

1  Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

You will see what it was like aboard ship, tight working spaces, small living quarters, not a fun time living on board. Then occasionally getting shot at! Well worth the trip!

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Reviewed 7 August 2018

The staff was very friendly and informative. The ship is very interesting to tour and is easy to access. The parking is free and right in front of the ship, so pictures are a must! They give group discounts and encourage them. They are even...More

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Lillian S
19 July 2017|
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Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There are a few tight spots but our guide warned us about them. There was only one place that two of the people in our group chose to go around. There are real steps so no ladders to slide down as the sailors would have done.
Amber J
4 July 2017|
Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There's a parks where I would believe dogs are allowed, on the river, beside the ship, but I didn't see any dogs on the ship.
23 June 2016|
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Response from Carla M | Property representative |
Hello, Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-16, and those 5 and under are free.