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Steamboat History

More steamboat artifacts than one person can process in a lifetime. Allow time for a tour of the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
David C
via mobile
Worth the time and expense

Very informative and educational. A lot of time and energy went into establishing this facility... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Louis N
Johnson City, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

The docent on the boat sure knows his stuff! I'm a powerhouse engineer, so I know a few things about steam and he was right on!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

More steamboat artifacts than one person can process in a lifetime. Allow time for a tour of the W.P. Snyder Jr., the last intact steam-powered, pool-type, stern-wheeled towboat in the U.S.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David C
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Very informative and educational. A lot of time and energy went into establishing this facility. If you are interested in the history of the Ohio River and life on the river, this is the place to visit. The down side is that it is showing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

This is the last of the working sternwheelers. Very interesting seeing the works in the wngine. Our guide was outstanding. Don't miss this

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

I found this museum to be disappointing. I took the name "Ohio River Museum" to be that it would be a history of the people and region of the Ohio River. Nope. The museum is made up of three separate buildings connected by covered walkways....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank AnnNonymos
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We took the tour of the W.P. Snyder tow boat at the museum. The tour was included in the cost of the admission. The docent was knowledgeable and took us all over the boat telling about each compartment. This particular tow boat pushed coal barges...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

This place had much to see and had a wonderful collection of riverboat history. We have been here several times and always find something new. The tour of the WJ Snyder is a must also to get the feel of what sternwheelers were like.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Diane L
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I saw this place online and rode out to see it, what a great visit and tour. The staff was excellent and the tour of the W.P. Snyder Jr made the trip worth it. Definitely recommend the place.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I'm a little biased because of my love for river and ohio history but for a mere $9 for adults, you get a guided tour of an actual sternwheeler steam ship plus 2 museums. I woukd recommend to everyone.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Gregbald13
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The tour is excellent. We enjoyed the many displays and models of ships. The luxury of the packet ships was surprising for the era.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from dmwnc1959 | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on your interest-level and pace (some people just 'walk through', others 'study' the exhibits), but to take the guided tour the W.P. Snyder as well as the self-guided tours of both the Ohio River Museum and... More