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Museum Ship Valley Camp

#3 of 22 things to do in Sault Ste. Marie Features Animals
501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
+1 906-632-3658
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a wealth of shipping interest

While the ship itself is interesting to all (even young children), the best part of it is the... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Laura H
Outstanding Museun of Great Lakes Maritime History

Many people have heard of the tragic sinking of the Great Lakes iron ore carrier Edmund... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
+1 906-632-3658
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Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank slugo2015
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We spent 2 hours wandering about this ship in a self guided tour. Very well laid out and maintained. Access is given to the entire ship, from the engine room to the holds, berthing area and pilot house. The ship has been well maintained.

1  Thank Ernie B
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Valley Camp gives you an opportunity to see how a freighter is constructed. The engine room and steering mechanism were on view. Otherwise, there was a dirty aquarium with dead and dying fish, and a LOT of Great Lakes and freighter artifacts, including some...More

Thank ghengiscon
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This is an actual ship that you walk through and learn about shipping on the Great Lakes. Go see some big ships go through the locks first then come to this and it will make more sense. The Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit is very moving. Try...More

Thank Josh H
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This was fascinating. We'd seen the 1000-foot ships going through the Soo Locks but couldn't imagine what they looked like from the inside. Well, here was our chance and it was fantastic to see the holds. We also enjoyed the tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald,...More

Thank mark v
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Took this self-guided tour after the Soo Locks boat tour (both located within walking distance of each other (Dock #2 Soo Locks tour)). Always wanted to see the inside of a freighter and this was a decent opportunity to fulfill that experience. Full of information...More

Thank CinnamonBay
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank magicmom71
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Barbara M
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...More

Thank SueBee1951
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Is your tour handicapped accessible?
2 May 2017|
Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Yes we are handicapped accessible, we have 3 levels to tour and a ramp system that will take you to each level. The upper deck and lower cargo hold floors are not level so walking might be harder for some but wheel chairs... More
Eri E
We will be in town for a Kuk Sool Won Tournament 3/23/17-3/26/17. Are you open this time of year? I'm having a had time finding things to do this time of year.
23 March 2017|
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Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Unfortunately we are not open at this time of year. We are open Mid May to Mid October.
In September, we are traveling with forty passengers on a bus. Is there parking and how much is the admission?
31 December 2016|
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Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Yes there is on street parking and we share the parking lot with St. Mary's Church next door. Regular rates are $7.00 per adult, if you contact our office to book a group tour we have discounted rates for large groups... More