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“Good stop to help understand and relate to the area”

Museum Ship Valley Camp
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Columbus, Ohio
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good stop to help understand and relate to the area”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We have four kids, ages 11-16, and they were entertained by this. Not the highlight of their trip, but it is a good stop to understand all that is around you in this city with the locks and the ships. Interesting to see the crew's quarters on the boat and be able to walk around inside a real ship. Really helps you appreciate what a difficult job it would be. If you are really into the history of shipping on the lakes, you'll spend quite a bit of time here. Others will find themselves skipping over some of the things, but the exhibits are varied and well-presented.
It is borderline too expensive for what it offers, but since there weren't alot of other choices in the city, I'm glad we did it so the kids could understand the area and the importance.

Visited June 2014
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Carlyle, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We were the first visitors on that day and basically had the museum to ourselves for about an hour. The director joined us and took time to point out several of the features and told us about the plans for the future. This is THE must see if you are in the area.

Visited May 2014
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Boyne City, Michigan
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147 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A unique and interesting experience.”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

History and life aboard a great lakes freighter are displayed and our grandson found the experience especially interesting.

Visited May 2014
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Pinson, Alabama
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A good pit stop”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

For the $12 admission cost, I did expect a little bit more. The tour was self guided, and there was a lot of history and info on the Edmund Fitzgerald, which I appreciated very much! Most areas of the ship are available to the public, only a couple rooms are for viewing only. The video rooms were nice, but a little long to hold my attention. All in all, it was a very nice way to spend a couple hours.

Visited October 2013
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92 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Worth the Admission Fee”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

The Valley Camp is a dry docked freighter which has been turned into a museum. I have taken many guests throughout the years. It's great to watch the ships come through the Sault Locks..but it's also neat to actually be on board..in the pilot house, sailor's dining area, see their sleeping berths, walk the length of the ship, etc. Of special interest are the Edmund Fitzgerald's life boats on display. They are twisted beyond belief! You really get an idea of Lake Superior's strength, capability and fury. There is an admission fee which goes towards upkeep..so worth it. You will not be disapointed.

Visited October 2013
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